This morning, I’m still waiting on the Lord to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a published book author…Maybe I have not done enough or maybe it is just not my time as of April 24, 2010…(I believe it’s the latter…)
But I’m encouraged this morning because I know that I’m in God’s will, and I am trying to follow His plan for my life…I went to a writers conference in 2008 to get some encouragement from the Lord about this very same dream…I had been reminding the Lord of my desire to write Christian-themed books and the fact that I’m just a good writer anyway…(I think I once heard this sentiment in a commercial…”It ain’t braggin’, if you can do it.” And I can write…)
So anywho, I did hear from the Lord…although it was not the answer I wanted…His answer to me was “wait…” Literary agent Steve Laube read this poem during a session aptly titled, “Lose Wait the Write Way.” Below is the poem…
by Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, “Wait.”
“My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’ to which I can resign.”
“You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.”
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, “Wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting for what?”
He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.”
“I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.”
“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.”
“You’d never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.”
“The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.”
“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I’m doing in you.”
“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know Me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait.”
Okay, okay so I’m still waiting…and trying to figure what God wants me to do next – if anything – …Should I go to yet another writers conference? Should I query another agent? Should I network with more published authors? Should I hate on yet another writer who has managed to get published with miniscule effort? (y’all pray for me…) What are you waiting on God for today?
P.S. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14
10 thoughts on “Wait, I say, Wait on the Lord…”
What am I waiting on???? Read once that we cannot have more/will not be blessed with more until we are fully content with what we currently have …
But seriously…has everything you’ve ever wanted to happen to you or for you happened in the time frame that you wanted? If so, you must be God’s favorite:) LOL! My line sister is always claiming she is “God’s favorite!”
Absolutely not – never!!!! But once I let go and stopped “waiting for the next best thing” – some amazing things started coming to me and happening for me. NOTHING (that I can remember) has EVER happened just when I wanted … or how I wanted.
That’s true…I have to work on being content…still working on it:)
Our waiting time has a lot to do with God preparing us to be ready to handle that which we are believing for. I realize now that even five years ago I just wasn’t prepared to be successful in the publishing arena. Not only did my writing need to mature, but I needed time to learn 1) the inner workings of the industry, 2) the etiquette of dealing with people in the industry, etc.
Our Father is all-knowing, and he knows what we can handle even when we don’t.
So what is your next move?
Whatever you do, keep on writing and posting about it!
Thank you for sharing your journey of faith.
Thanks Tess 🙂 And what is your next move?
If the Lord said to wait, please wait, while you are waiting it is very important what you do during that time. Serve the Lord, worship Him and praise HIM IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH. Remember Job, he said at my appointed time, am gonna wait until my change come, you know what happen when his appointed time came. you are going to wish you had a second pair of hands to sign those books. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their there strength; they shall mount up with wings like as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Thanks Sis. Lorna, but guess what, my waiting has not been in vain because my first book is being published and will be available in Feb. 2012!!! It is titled “After the Altar Call: The Sisters’ Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship With God.” Read more about it in this post. http://jackieholness.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/2011-faith-fiction-retreat-aka-debuting-my-new-book/
Praise God!!! And thank you for stopping by my blog:)