August 14th, 2012 by Regina Brett
I love when people find my books by accident.
Or maybe they aren't accidents at all.
Karin just sent this email:
“I was at the library, looking for landscaping books when I pulled out God Never Blinks. The cover definitely had no landscaping pictures, and the title didn't indicate it had anything to do with plants.
"It's been misplaced," I said to myself. I was about to give it to the librarian for reshelving when I noticed that the call number was appropriate for landscaping. I thought, "How strange... maybe it has ideas about landscaping inside, and they are tied to a theme or something." I read the subtitle and opened the book. The book had definitely been assigned the wrong call number.
Nevertheless, I had a feeling I should keep it, that maybe God had allowed it to be there just for me. I took it home and was immediately hooked. I was amazed at your courage and determination. As I was reading it, I would often say to myself, "I can't believe she had the guts to say something so private!"
I was in awe at your ability to be true, to be open, to not fear, and I saw a pattern I want to imitate. Thank you for telling your story. My mother, grandmothers, and a nephew have had cancer. My parents were divorced when I was 15, and there was a lot of frustration and anger at home. All that, combined with a few bad relationships in the past, had left me scarred and scared about many things in life.
Your lessons showed me that struggles can be overcome, that the past can be overcome, that the future will bring what it will but that today can be the best day of my life. I am now letting my past be my past, allowing those who hurt me the benefit of the doubt, or "a different story". It feels so good to let go! It feels even better to take it one day at a time and actually live in the moment, instead of living the past, the present, and the future all at the same time.
Thank you for enriching my life with your book. I now have to return the book, and I'm doubtful whether I should tell the librarian about the wrong call number or leave the book to be shelved right where I found it, for someone else to find it just like I did.”
How funny. I'd say leave it with the landscaping books for the lessons to "grow" on someone else.