Trusting God's detours
When one of our authors submitted this essay, we couldn’t help but think that the word “detour” is an excellent description of COVID-19. For some, it has meant a delayed wedding date, time away from family, a decision to move or a complete change of educational choices. No matter how the pandemic has detoured or derailed your plans, we think these thoughts from Joan Crombie will encourage you…
Sometimes life is like that. We’re cruising happily along, when suddenly our plans are rudely interrupted. We’re forced to make hard changes. Most of the time God’s detours are inconvenient and/or frustrating. Other times, they can be tragic and heart-wrenchingly painful, life-altering and hard to understand. Either way, God promises to be with us, and he promises that “all things work together for good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) If we yield to him, God uses our trials to build our faith and to form our character to be more like him. Plus, we often forget that those roadblocks and detours protect us from dangers or hardships we may be unaware of.
In Joan’s soon-to-be-released book Loving Leah, Leah Labanora struggles to come to grips with a harsh change of plans in her life. Unable to fathom why God would allow such a humiliating situation to happen to her, Leah turns from God and becomes bitter toward those who have hurt her. But God brings her on a wide detour—straight back to him! As she embraces the hard work of forgiveness, Leah learns that her disappointment was God’s hand of protection over her life.
The daughter of a cattle rancher, Joan Crombie grew up in a small town on the prairies of South Dakota. In 1985 she graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in English Education. She and her husband Steven Crombie have been married for thirty-five adventurous years and have raised five children—one daughter and four sons. Currently, they reside in beautiful southern Minnesota where they pastor a church. Joan is also the author of Keeping Kyla, the first book in the Healing New Hampton series.
- Carrie Schuessler