Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
On the evening of the day I post this meditation, I am scheduled for a book signing at a local middle school. Boy, am I thrilled to have been invited by my friend, Donna, to be a part of her son's school's annual festival! It will be so exciting to meet new readers and potential fans of The Glade Series. And, if the Lord is willing, to sell abundant copies of the first novel in this trilogy, A Trip, a Tryst and a Terror.
The week before last, my second novel, Children in the Garden, was sent by my publisher to the printers. Oh, how wonderful it would be to have both novels for the signing! I decide to e-mail my publisher and get her take on the timing of the book's release. Will it be here by February 26th?
She responds promptly and honestly. All depends upon how many projects are ahead of mine. She thinks it's a 50/50 proposition.
Unless . . .
"We could place a rush order on it," she suggests, "but, that will cost extra."
I read and reread her words on my computer screen. I think. I'm tempted . . .
But, I respond, "Don't worry about a rush order. I'll have plenty of bookmarks and will do lots of talking about the second book, and how to order it if they aren't delivered to me by then."
Because, if I've learned anything from my publishing ventures and adventures, it's this: I need to ever trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. Everything that happens, when and why, where and how, is in His impeccable timing. What I think should happen, when and why, where and how, is irrelevant, not to mention a waste of time and energy.
So, I will sit back and enjoy the ride. Letting God take the wheel. Knowing He alone is in control.
I will lean on His understanding . . .
Was there ever a time in your life when leaning on your own understanding led you down the crooked path?
Will you join me in prayer?
With all of our hearts, our minds, our souls, and our strengths, Father, let us trust in You, knowing Your ways are higher than ours. Let us trust in Your timing, Your infinite goodness, and Your matchless grace. Amen.
As many of you know, I write my blogs days before posting them. So, here's the rest of the story: Book 2 arrived at my doorstep February 22, in plenty of time for the signing. Unfortunately, my signing was cancelled at the last minute by the school's administration even though Donna had been given the green light days before. It's okay. I will continue to lean upon God and His plans for me.