Saturday, January 8, 2011
Hope and Expectation. And Answered Prayer.
In my email inbox was a message from a name I didn't recognize. This is what I read when I opened it:
So happy to hear from you! And I'm sorry it took so long to answer. Please do send the complete manuscript to my work email. Both I and my marketing director loved what we read on your site. Thanks!
This is the acquisitions editor at a major Christian publisher I was speaking about in my post on expectation and waiting. I had so completely given it up to the Lord that no bells rang when I saw her name in my inbox.
Isn't if funny sometimes how the Lord works? After we have struggled and wrestled and given up that thing we hold so close to our hearts, it's then that the Lord moves.
When I was a young Christian (many years ago, I might add), I read somewhere that:
the struggle is to stop struggling.
So simple yet so profound. Stop struggling and rest in the knowledge that He is sovereignly in control of your life. After 35 years of following Jesus, I am still learning to do that.
Let me add a caveat here. A request for a full manuscript doesn't mean that she will buy my book. But it is a definite step toward that end. It's a very big deal for an unpublished writer.
Thank you, Lord. I bless You and praise You and I am so grateful that you hold my life in the palms of Your hand!