I’ve been seeing so many examples of God’s perfect timing recently! Some were things that seemed a disaster at the time, but looking back I can see the way God worked it for the good. Others are more obviously “God is amazing!” good right away.
This latest one took something I’d been a little frustrated over waiting many months for, and turned it into something perfect – an immediate oh-wow God thing! There’s no such thing as coincidences for believers. They are always God at work in our lives.
You might remember my last post was on all the story ideas buzzing around me, and how much trouble I’d had settling on just one for my next release. I’d started one story and written a few chapters, then switched, started a different one, written a few chapters, switched again, wrote a chapter or two, switched again…
You get the idea!
Well, in the end, I settled on NONE of the stories I mentioned. Yes, my head is spinning a little at all the change-arounds, too! But I had this lovely reminder of God’s loving support to stop it spinning too much. :)
I’d been working on a story for a new boxed set that’s due to release June 30th, and having a great time with it. I chose the one about the princess doctor who has to leave America to go home, marry her teenage sweetheart and so save her country from chaos. Half-way through, I loved the story, but didn’t want to rush it. Between the deadline for the boxed set and the time my editor needed for her two rounds of edits, it had to be finished by the end of the week.
Eep! That was sooooooo not going to happen. Besides, though I love getting together with my favorite authors in boxed sets, I really wanted to release this story on its own. I prayed, and it seemed I had no other option that a week of all-nighters to get the draft complete and put it in the set. No time to switch to one of my other incomplete stories, and no time for the usual rounds of self-editing I do before my editor sees the story.
Then God gave me an amazing gift.
In a wonderful reminder of His perfect timing, He gave me back a complete, publish-ready story, just when I needed one! The story I’d resubmitted to Love Inspired last year came back to me with the perfect sort of rejection – she loved my writing, wanted to see the full manuscript of any other stories I wanted to send her, but this story just wasn’t the best fit for the line.
I have never, ever, been so happy to have a story rejected! I may have even squealed and shouted “YES!!!!!” when I read the email.
This could be my story for the set. It had already been through a zillion round of edits and revisions, and proofread before I submitted it. All I needed to do was another proofread, format it, and make a cover. My red-haired princess could go back in the story queue to become an August release.
God blessed me with exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it! The funny thing is, God’s perfect timing is one of the themes of my story, too.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
When former bad boy Luke Tanner discovers the son he believed was adopted is fatherless, he’s determined to help — and regain the trust of the only woman he’s ever loved.
For small-town single mom Anna Harrison, his return is twelve years too late. Luke broke her heart when he left. She can’t risk that for their son, disabled by a life-limiting illness. But she can’t deny Josh the father he wants so badly, either.
To become the loving family Luke hopes they can be, they’ll both need to forgive secrets from his troubled and painful past. Can they leave old hurts behind to face the future together with God’s help, or will only a crisis heal their stubborn hearts?
God brings Luke home when Anna and their son Jacob need him most, and also when they were both mature enough to work at creating a committed relationship. I love the way this couple finally allow Him to heal their past traumas and deep-buried hurts so they can commit to a lifetime together. I read it again as I proofread and formatted it earlier this week, and the last few chapters still made me cry!
I can show you the covers for my book and the set, but no links yet as the set doesn’t release for another month.
His Father’s Son:
Anyone want to share the most amazing God-thing they’ve experienced? One comment chosen at random from all comments made before June 7th will win a pre-release ebook copy of His Father’s Son.