Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Forced Detours


_968644_44648305Is there anything worse than searching for a place only to find a detour that makes it practically impossible to access? I dealt with that very situation last month as I drove around a group of teenagers on a photo scavenger hunt. FYI, the Horses of Las Colinas are (well, were) completely blockaded by construction. I had to park at a dead end and let the girls walk to get close enough for their picture.

I’m a planner by nature, so detours and derailments bug me. I hate to let anything fall between the cracks. And I really get cranky when I have to change my elaborate plans unexpectedly. Scripture has something to say about that. No, really.

I’ve just experienced the truth it expounds. I started out a couple of weeks ago with a project to complete. This job had priority, but only after the release weeks of my latest book, The Love Boat Bachelor. So when the time-crunch eased, I dove into my new project (an editing job)  and knocked out 100 pages in no time.

This would be easy. Just a few more days and the task would be complete. Check mark on my todo list. Whoop Whoop!

Until the next day when I got the word that I had a new writing project I needed to do. I’d already made the edit job wait. I couldn’t make it wait again. It was someone’s baby, for pity’s sake.

So I set the writing project aside. Just a few days until I could check off the editing job. But I was intent on doing them both. I planned out the next week, squeezing every second out of the clock to beat both deadlines.

_978868_16662866What can I say? I set high standards. This was a reachable star, and I was going to make it all work perfectly.

Until disaster happened.

First my phone and then my computer crashed.

Finishing my editing project by deadline was now impossible without the available programs. I could barely keep up with my emails and social media since my phone was unfamiliar.

The loss of my computer and all things related shuffled my priorities. But, as you can see from my post last week, it also head a positive note for the short term. I rearranged and completed the writing project, using an archaic word processor, but it worked. With that done, I’m able to work on that editing project when I have access to hubby’s laptop. And I’ve even figured out a method of creative critiquing without the necessary “Track Changes” process that Word provides.

Makes me think about that verse of scripture in James 4:

13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

For a proactive, planning list-maker, this truth is a nightmare. And yet it is relieving at the same time. I’m responsible for my part to the best of my ability. And I can be at peace that God will do His part exceeding abundantly better than I can ask or imagine.

Your turn: What’s your latest detour and how did it turn out?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

5 thoughts on “Forced Detours

  1. Wow. Do you have an hour to discuss my detours? I’ll remember I can only do my part…


    • Sweet hubby is big on reminding that all we can do is our part. God’s got His part covered. Very hard for a momma, who has the feel of control, to accept, but also very freeing since none of us are really in control of much.


  2. I provide occupational therapy services to kids in school. Roadblocks and detours are the norm, so we do our best to deal. What I do is plan ahead in a way that allows the maximum flexibility possible. Example: I rearranged my schedule by postponing the sessions for kids I could see tomorrow and assesses a set of twins instead when talk of a snow day came up. Today I’ll start reports and make up the other sessions next Thurs, when I’ll have a block of time to do so. Now to generate such focus at home, when it comes to my writing and speaking aspirations…

    My mom’s line, no matter what we plan: “If God wills it.” The older crowd gets it, I guess. 🙂


    • And I think that attitude is a maturity we just have to grow into. Some of us…ahem…just take longer than others. LOL!


      • Not sure about the maturity part–at my end anyway 😉 –but life (and all my work sites) have never allowed me less. Others–ahem–will get there, in God’s time, of course!