Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
As those of you who regularly follow Meditations of My Heart already know, I submitted my second book in Adventures in The Glade to my publisher earlier this month. The ending of Redemption, while seamlessly suited, is a sad one, so unlike previous novel endings which are either upbeat or cliff-hangers. I think as I bundle the book and send it to my publisher, why not? Why not break the rules you inadvertently set for yourself? What's wrong with a not-so-happy ending? After all, real life isn't about happily ever after, is it?
But over the next several days, my mind drifts back to the book. To the ending. I try to shake the feeling of uncertainty I have, but it refuses to be banished. Instead, it grows, little by little, until it finally manifests into a restlessness which drives me back to the hard-copy manuscript lying on my desk.
I peruse the ending chapter of Redemption and the beginning paragraphs of the sequel, Revelation. Then it hits. Hard! A bolt from the blue! "I've got it! I've got it!" I shout to my husband, Danny, as I careen toward my computer. "I know the ending Redemption should have!"
I pull up Word, and in a matter of minutes, write this:
Davy lay restlessly upon his cot. Visions of tomorrow with the promised river ride kept sleep at bay. Those first glimpses of the Nantahala River played like a beloved song in his mind, calling to him, beckoning him to be one with the rolling rapids. He felt something inexpressible was about to happen, but he could not fathom what that might be. The feeling, both exciting and hopeful, remained elusive and indefinable.
Davy purposely turned his eyes toward the stars twinkling through the towering oaks. What is it, Lord? What will I find? What will I know? The stars winked their comforting acknowledgments, but offered no answers. I'll find out tomorrow. Racer will be with me then. I'll find out tomorrow . . .
I stare at these words, consumed by awe. For once again, the Holy Spirit has seen fit to pay me an inspirational visit. Of that, I am absolutely confident. So much so, in fact, I do something I rarely, if ever, do. I turn right around and send this addendum to my publisher.
Just. As. It. Is.
For it is not me speaking.
It is the Holy Spirit.
Have you had an experience where you knew for certain the Holy Spirit was speaking to/through you?
Prayer: Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who comforts, leads, and guides us in Your perfect will for our lives. May we be ever open to allowing the Holy Spirit to move in us and through us to Your honor and glory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.