I am honored to share with you a post from Martha Orlando. She is a regular visitor to this community and a constant source of encouragement to me. Today, she shares her experience with “The Voice of the Lord”.
So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts . . .”
I begin writing my novel in the summer of 2007. An inexplicable do-or-die, now-or-never urge possesses me. I wind up with thirteen chapters, and am pleased with the story’s direction by the time school starts up again. Too busy and distracted by teaching, I reluctantly shelve my novel until the following summer.
It takes two more summers to complete. And, the most amazing thing about this whole process? I am certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt that God, through His Holy Spirit, has sat right next to me the entire time. Because, as odd as this may sound, I don’t write the book.
It writes itself.
And, I know it’s good. Worthy of readership. Yet, every agent I seek out is not interested in representing me. No publisher takes the bait.
Rejections take their toll . . .
God, I don’t understand. You sat beside me every single day I wrote. Don’t You want others to read this? How long, O Lord, how long?
Then, I come across an article about the importance of writers building a platform, an audience. With that in mind, I decide to start a blog. But, I have no central theme. No schedule. No direction. Unsure of what I’m doing. Almost losing sight of why . . .
Then I Heard the Voice of the Lord
It is the month of May, 2011. Sipping my coffee on our deck, I hear Him. Loudly. Clearly.
Write a daily devotion.
“Me??? Really??? What about my book, Lord?
Write a daily devotion . . .
A voice too strong, too insistent, not to obey. I say, “Yes,” to the Lord. And, I write daily devotions for an entire year. All the while, growing an audience, gaining new and amazing friends, and, most importantly, getting to know my God more intimately through His inspiring, comforting, revealing Word.
And, as the days and weeks and months roll by, I begin to see. I begin to trust. And, I realize . . .
God’s timing is everything.
Because, He knows I have come to the conclusion that this book is not the end all and be all. Nor, the who I am in His eyes. I’m understanding. Finally! It takes time for all the manifold pieces to come together. The way God desires His plan to unfold.
His plan . . . not mine. His time . . . not mine.
And, just when I (note the “I”) think I have no recourse but to self-publish, He intervenes. Quickly and decisively. Out of the blue, three prospective publishers appear on my plate.
I query all three. One responds. Accepts!
Miraculously, with only a novel synopsis and a link to my blog!
The blog which the Lord required of me.
All those days of waiting dissipate; dissolve like morning mist before the dawn’s first light. This is the now. This is the moment.
God’s moment . . .not mine.
Was there a time in your life when you heard God’s voice calling to you? How did you respond?
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