Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My sweet father-in-law went home to heaven last week. The call came five minutes before we were leaving for the airport to fly north. Our plans to side our home in PA quickly changed and turned into well-spent time with family consoling each other. I like to think of this perfect timing as a God-coincidence.
We encounter many such incidents in our lives. If my husband hadn't lost his job and attended golf school, I wouldn't have found my topic for my debut novel. If we hadn't moved to Florida in 2001, my daughter might not have met her great husband. If I hadn't gone to a bar that night in 1976, I wouldn't have met my husband and eventually gotten my life on track. I could go on and on.
Then there's the flip side.
As writers, we wonder why those first five books won't sell. Why it takes so long to get an agent or find a publisher. Where is the perfect timing then? Why is getting published so frustrating?
I've come to believe and accept that God's plans are much better than mine. In my case, I had to write seven novels before I understood the craft. I needed the time to read craft books, meet critique partners and find what genre suites me best. I also had to settle down and not get so emotional about my writing. Learn to take rejection and realize it isn't the end of my world because someone doesn't like what I write.
For I know the plans . . .
Can you look back and see the perfect coincidences in your life? I would love to hear one!