A month ago, my husband and I sat on our couch – one of our favorite places to spend our downtime. I was immersed in finishing a scrapbook, and he caught up on emails and football news. We didn’t know that about ten days later, we’d be casually walking through a house for sale, falling madly in love with it. We didn’t know that a week after that, we’d be signing an offer on that house and beginning preparations to move and embark on an entirely new season of life.

We were just sitting on the couch enjoying nothingness.

What a difference a month makes. Or a week. Or a day.

I’ve been emailing a handful of friends lately who are in their own surprising seasons. They find themselves exploring new jobs, new relationships, new faith journeys, and in most cases, none of them imagined any of these adventures possible just a short time ago.

Life was rolling along at its predictable pace and then suddenly, it all changed.

Normally when you read things like this, writers talk about the hard stuff that shows up. A diagnosis, a death, a loss. And those things happen without warning too, certainly, leaving us to say phrases like “what a difference a day makes.”

But what an encouragement it is to remember that the same truth applies in reverse. That sometimes a day {week or month} can bring the most blissful sort of change. A new trajectory. An answer to prayer. A relief.


It was that way for me when Ryan approached me about the possibility of a relationship. We were just friends and I spent my Sunday afternoons curled up in the living room watching sappy TV movies. Then came the Sunday he knocked on the door to admit his feelings and ask if there would ever be a chance…

…and within six months, we were married. NEVER would I have imagined when I awakened that Sunday morning, that on a Sunday morning six months later, I wouldn’t awaken alone.  Relationships are supposed to take years to form and progress, right?

Except when God’s involved, what a difference half a year makes.

Be encouraged today, my friend. If life presses in or presents disappointments, know that this is not forever. Life can turn so suddenly, and not always for the worse. Sometimes it can turn in the most remarkable, lovely way.

bekah headshotBekah Shaffer is a wife, writer, blogger, and lover of life and creativity. God has redeemed and restored the life that felt broken and useless, and she loves to share pieces of her story so others can find hope in what God has done. She’s married to Ryan, her answer to many years of prayers, and she loves to scrapbook, make memories, cook, write, and point others toward the Lord!
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