The Writers Hub: Living in God’s Time

Well, this summer was going to be my zero hour. My plan was to launch all kinds of projects and to get moving on the stalled plans and must-do things on my list. I needed to get my writing energized and focus my concentration to finish my book.

Naturally, I’ve accomplished almost nothing and the summer will soon be over. Some months drag along, but this summer has flown by too quickly. Why is it that time stalls when you are feeling like hell and it flies by when you need more of it?

The car broke down, the A/C went out, my 89 year old mother got sick and it has rained for 10 days straight. Nothing goes as planned, according to Hoyle, or SNAFU or Murphy’s Law…whatever you want to call it that can go wrong, will go wrong. It can and it will go wrong in the best Seinfeldian tradition.

One thing that I’ve got on the never-ending to-do list is starting a Newsletter. It connects me with friends and readers, and helps me to focus as I’m finishing my GF Writers Cookbook. The book is partly a journal of my life after I started eating gluten-free almost 20 years ago. It’s been a revelation to re-think my diet and to focus on what I’m eating and it’s made me more mindful as to what’s in the food that’s going into my body.

In retrospect, it made me eat more healthfully and definitely changed my life for the better. Although looking back, I didn’t believe it at the time! I was so focused on what I had to give up, there was no thought as to what I would be gaining in the process.

It’s like that for so many things in life. You rail at life’s injustices and errors and when you look back, you realize in retrospect that all things happen for a reason and it gives you pause. We were talking the other day about our little dog, Abby, and how much we love her. She fit in our household from day one, and we couldn’t imagine life without her.

Abby was an owner-surrender that showed up on online classifieds. But it was a random chance that I would even have seen the ad, because we had gone a month earlier to look at another dog I found online. But the heavens opened up with a deluge as I drove to see the animal, and the owner never showed up so the whole transaction fell through. I pondered the notion that perhaps God was trying to tell me, “Wait, you will get the right dog and when the time is right-You will know” Which proved to be so true.

We get frustrated when things don’t go our way, and we are rightly suspicious when things go too well or seem too good to be true. Because through life’s daily setbacks and adversities, we stumble upon diamonds in the rough or undiscovered treasure that we would never have found if things went according to plan. Perhaps it’s a good thing that life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it or expect it to. It’s a humbling reminder that we are living in God’s time, not our own.
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