The paths that we think will be easier and better are often not better at all. They seldom end up being better routes to the life which God has designed for us to live. What seem to be better paths to us are actually self-oriented "long cuts" that actually take us away from where God wants us to be. Somehow, someway we all take daily detours of thought and desire that move us off the straight path that God has placed us on by his grace. In magnificently patient, transforming love, he has redeemed us from the jungle of our rebellion, lust, autonomy, foolishness, and self-focus and placed us on the narrow pathway of the grace of his Son.
From Paul Tripp at DG blog, The Shortest Distance Between Points
I recommend reading the whole article. There are some specific reasons as to why we take shortcuts and signs that we may be taking shortcuts that may get you thinking. I know it did for me.
And a sidebar for some of my readers out there, God's path for our lives do not include unnecessary or ineffective diversions. "The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;" Psalm 111:7 Nothing He does in our lives is ineffective or out of place. He works all things for our good.