“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9, NLT
Four years ago when I stopped blogging “temporarily,” I didn’t anticipate such a long detour. My life in the past 48 months has been a vivid example of both the Proverbs quote about plans and steps, and the dictionary definition illustrated above.
One of the painful deviations from my course was my brother Dave’s traumatic brain injury and subsequent death in 2014. As his next of kin and personal representative, much of that year I was focused on his personal needs, business issues, and estate.
The past four years have also brought me renewed friendships, wonderful new friends, opportunities to serve, amazing travel, and other rewarding experiences. We no longer live in the house with the special “borrowed view,” but in a roomy house with a very tiny yard and a view of other people’s houses.
While I often enjoy writing, publishing a book was never on my bucket list. Of course, every writer has fleeting daydreams that their words will have a broad influence. Any serious writer also knows that it’s mostly a difficult slog, requiring hard work, discipline, determination, and a thick skin. My plans never included taking hours, days and weeks of my life sitting in front of a laptop writing, re-writing, and re-writing again. But I found myself compelled to do just that.
Today I can hold in my hands the fruits of that laborious task, a love story based on correspondence during our long-distance courtship fifty years ago.
The recent journey, with its various pleasurable, painful and mundane detours, has added immeasurable richness to my life.
What detours have you experienced in your life?