Timing and The What If Game

I am guilty of playing the "what if" game. Don't we all fall prey to that trap sometimes. You're brain leads you down a rabbit hole of possibilities and unknowns and circumstances that may or may not ever come to fruition. I like to rationalize this spiral thinking as simply being prepared for all possible outcomes. Usually it's all worse case scenarios that very easily make me dizzy with worry. If this than that. If that than this.

But sometimes... in reverse, the "if game" isn't so bad.

If my parents hadn't dragged me overseas.
If I had gone to a different college.
If I had met different friends.
If I had studied more, and played less.
If I had never moved to DC.
If the timing hadn't been perfect.

If God hadn't worked all these things together just right, I wouldn't be who I am, where I am, as happy as I am, right now.
Above is the first picture I can find of both T.J. and I. It's a throwback to the last day of classes senior year of college. We are playing in the fountains in front of the library about to graduate and head out into the world. And if you had told me then, that 4 years later we'd be engaged I would not have believed you. 

God's timing is so good.


  1. I'm about to graduate in a week or so (yikes!) and I love reading this. It's so scary to think of what's next, but so exciting to see what the future holds too!

  2. Yes it is. His timing is just perfect!

  3. That photo is so awesome! I can't help but think of all the things in life I've missed in my efforts to orchestrate timing that feels right to me. So excited to see this picture today and think of God's hand on your life back then in ways we couldn't have imagined.

  4. I truly believe that God puts us exactly where we need to be, when we need to be there. Trust Him!!

  5. Oh, what a profound post Shannon! I'm so excited for you and TJ and know that you and your Mom are about to have some of the most fun of your life. Planning a wedding rates as one of the most exciting times in the life of me and my daughter. Abundant blessings!


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