HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!!! I don’t know why we are always so anxious to rush into this season more than the others, but my house has been decorated for autumn for at least two weeks! We’ve had so much rain this month, it’s almost as if we’re jumping into spring instead of fall – but it’s fall according to the calendar – so we’re going to go with that!
Today I want to ask you if you’ve ever had a “happy accident”??? Take a moment to let that sink in before you answer. The two words don’t seem to belong together – happy and accident – do they? Hmm… has Linda been hitting the sugar-free apple cider a bit too much? No… I really do want to know if you have a story to tell about a “happy accident”. Oh… I said that phrase again. Does it set your teeth on edge? I could see where it would.
Sometimes we think our mistakes are deal breakers for life. We can’t seem to get over them, even though the most over-used sentence in America is LETITGO. Thanks, Reba… we’re learning. I’m a work in progress. Once I ask forgiveness from God and He forgives, it makes it easier for me to forgive myself and THEN I can letitgo.
The other day I was trying to find some images, photographs, for poetry I wanted to design. My go-to place is Pixabay because I’ll be honest, I can’t afford to pay money for the images I use here on the blog or for poetry designs. Lucinda and I also have good friends who have graciously given me unlimited permission to peruse through their facebook accounts for photos – thank you so much to Chris Cummins, Dave Mock, Karen Tubbs Stell, Sheri Berezowecki-Lemay, Valerie McKinney, Bill Woods, Terri Boggs Rowe, Marian Poppy Ballestero, Jimmy Stone, Katrina Huckabay, Stephanie G. Lutz, Candace Waters, Pete Lord, Sam Peters, Arleen Krueger, Gina Womack, Joanna Hays and Mike Durbin.
I also want to thank Lucinda not only for her wonderful poems, but for letting me use photos from her facebook page for my poems. 🙂
I was searching Pixabay for a certain kind of image – I had a very specific type of photo in mind. I thought I typed a certain word in the search engine – but when I double-checked, I typed a completely different word. It took me to a subject I know absolutely NOTHING about – and I mean nothing… SPORTS. Every writer knows this… you write about what you know. Never try to fake what you don’t know to be fact.
I laughed out loud and told God, “Wow – that was a huge OOPS, wasn’t it?” God impressed me to take a look at the images on the page – and one in particular caught my eye – then another.
It was A HAPPY ACCIDENT – I knew these images needed to be used. I also knew that I didn’t know a thing about football. I fought with God – and said, “Lord, I don’t know anything about this subject – there’s no way I can write anything good.” Then I heard God say, “Lucinda does… give this to her.”
It’s funny because when we’re obedient, God rewards us – He really does. Once I sent the image to Lucinda, look what she did…
But wait… God’s not done. He gave me words to use for the second image I found!
I know the term “happy accident” is from Bob Ross… we all know how he used to refer to the OOPS in painting as a happy accident. Around the time all of this was happening, I also saw this interesting photo from Bill Woods and thought, “That describes what happened perfectly! I’m going to call it a ‘happy accident’ – like Bob Ross did!”
Photo courtesy of BILL WOODS. Thanks for the reminder! The timing could not have been better.
God blesses our efforts when we obey. I love “happy accidents” because when it’s all said and done, it was not an accident at all. It was A GOD THING. He works differently with each of us because we aren’t robots who can be dealt with the same way – we are individuals in God’s eyes, and He works with us in just the right way. I’m so thankful that God can make anything work for the good… aren’t you? 🙂