Last week my writing journey took a brief hiatus. I guess it all started the week before, when Minnesota was hit with one last (I hope) snow storm. There I sat again, in a pile of snow and ice, struggling to get up. I felt like a turtle on its back. I say “again” because this was not my first fall this year. Each one had to do with snow or ice – not to mention my widening girth and age. I thought I was fine until half way through the week, when the pain set in.
It’s strange how life can get in the way of our goals. We push hard to achieve – to prove something – to finish the race and all of a sudden a road block gets in the way of our journey. I think about all the obstacles put in our lives and how they can either mess things up totally, or add another page of dialogue to a growing story. For me, it was a week of sadness as we put our twelve year old dog to sleep. He also suffered through a difficult winter of deep snow and aging.
My novel has waited this long to be finished. I began the journey several years ago – put it on hold as we downsized and moved – left my career and started over – realized it was time to retire – began to focus on blogging and Bible study. During that interlude, the novel was lost to cyber space. I didn’t want that to happen again, so with much encouragement from my husband and a group of dear friends, I set out on the voyage again.
A week is a long time to be away from something like this. I was just beginning to pick up momentum when life got in the way. Isn’t that how life can hit us? We move along smoothly for a while and something happens to disrupt things. We cave to the pressure. We succumb to inconvenience. We fall apart at the slightest interruption. At least that’s what usually happens.
Life does get in the way and the best way to be prepared for it is to contemplate what we just finished celebrating – the passion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. As we commemorated his final week of life and the price He paid for our salvation, my focus needed to be on Him. His resurrection put His seal on my eternal life insurance policy. He died for you and me. He rose again so we will rise too.
Now it’s back to work!