Last week, as I was sitting in my home office typing at my computer, I heard a weird noise. Now, we’ve only been in this house out in rural Missouri a couple of months, and I’m still getting used to things. During the day, I often hear noises that sound odd. For instance, our furnace has a whole range of sounds that I wonder about. But this noise was…really weird.
And it seemed to come from outside.
I peeked out my office window and found that I had a visitor.
Yep! A male peacock was in our yard. Wow!
I’m guessing he belongs to one of our neighbors who we haven’t met yet because of COVID. Anyway, I scurried outside and snapped a few photos, and after a while he left.
In a way, his visit seemed fitting because I’ve been thinking a lot about surprises lately. I’m planning a new book series, and I’ve been brainstorming about the little (and big!) surprises I want to include. I guess I can’t put a hidden treasure, a kidnapping, a baby that’s actually the child of someone other than mother’s husband, and an unexpected inheritance all in one book, but I want a few surprises in there!
I like them!
And I think God does too. Have you ever been praying for something and God answers your prayer in a totally different and infinitely better way than what you were thinking? Partly, I believe that happens because He can come up with more (and more marvelous) solutions than we can. He’s the ultimate out-of-the-box thinker. But, given Lazarus and the empty tomb and the road to Emmaus, I also think that He might just think surprises are fun.
So today if, like me, you’re still waiting for your COVID vaccine or you’re waiting for it to be fully effective or you’re waiting for life to get back to “normal,” and (like me) you’re getting a little impatient, I want to remind you that God has good things planned. He answers prayers. And He has surprises–good surprises–in store. We just have to hang in there.
In time, these gray days will get a lot more colorful.
You never know. He might even send a peacock into your yard to add that color!
I’m sad to say that this my last blog post at Inspy Romance. I will miss all of the readers and writers here, but after long consideration, I decided that I need to spend more of my time creating new books. I’ve made several changes to my writing life, including giving up the privilege of talking with you here each month.
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I have one last book in the Abundance series coming out in a few months, Love to Believe In, which is available on pre-order. I can’t find a way at Amazon to gift a pre-order ahead of the release, but I do want plan a surprise for one person who comments on this post. I’ll chose a name at random, notify the winner, and when my book comes out later this spring, I’ll send you an Amazon gift of e-book copy as a surprise. (Okay, not a total surprise, unless, like me, you might have forgotten all about it.) A new e-book is not quite as splashy as a peacock, but maybe it will remind you of my visitor and remind you that God has surprises in store.
May He bless you all and keep you safe.
I’m giving away a free copy (one Kindle copy, available worldwide) of Love to Believe In, Book 6 the Abundance series. It will be delivered when the book releases, currently planned for late June.
If you’d like to be included in the drawing, please comment by Wednesday evening, March 31, 2021. One commenter on this post will be chosen at random, notified by email, and announced in a Sunday edition. *Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.*