Is 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.
What 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?