Sometimes a Good Laugh Is What’s Needed
Blogger: Mary Keeley
When was the last time your day…or week…was turned completely upside down? I mean…totally. That was my experience this week, and it was a good reminder to be patient and hang onto (okay, clutch tightly) a peaceful spirit. After all, God is in control, right?
Those words can roll off our lips so easily, especially when we’re using them to encourage someone else. But I soon became aware the rubber would meet the road for me this week. I was sensing that gentle nudge to express patience and a joyful spirit, genuinely. In so doing it would honor God and everyone else with whom I’d be interacting. Can you relate to this kind of experience in your writing life?
I usually spend time Friday afternoon and again Sunday evening planning the coming week. I had a long list of things I looked forward to accomplishing. (Are you tracking with me?) Then Monday hit. And then Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon I was chuckling. “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Here is a sampling of incidents God used to get my attention:
- Monday and Tuesday: unexpected opportunity for client requiring immediate and urgent attention to put plan in motion.
- Tuesday: spent seven hours at emergency room with husband; turned out that extreme dizziness was related to his recent sinus infection. Tuesday evening: participated in online event.
- Wednesday morning: important conversation with client; determined future publishing direction for client’s career in light of lack of interest from editors. Wednesday afternoon: received a request for the client’s full manuscript from an editor at a Christian publisher to whom I sent the proposal eight months ago; at that time, editor didn’t think client’s book was right for them.
And now it’s Thursday, and the only thing I could think to blog about is learning to respond well to God’s adjustments of our to-do lists. I found that “holy”laughter released tension, not to mention those helpful endorphins, allowing me to go with the flow when my best-laid plans turned topsy-turvy.
It took deliberate effort to make sure my responses to further circumstances would resemble grace. Patience and a peaceful heart don’t come naturally under stress. But I recognized it was God’s agenda for my spiritual practice this week, so it had to be top priority on my list too.
Looking back, I actually got many items on my list accomplished too. My training exercise reminded me that somehow, when we really put feet to our words, God is in control, he blesses. I laughed, amazed.
And there are still two days left in the week.
When was the last time your agenda was turned upside down? Can you relate to this kind of training in your writing life? What do you do that helps you respond positively and productively?
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