GOD OFTEN SAYS NO – NOT YET!

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this”. (Psalm 37:4)

One of the main desires of my heart is to write and to share with others what a mighty God we serve.  God gave me the following verse to back up this desire!

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you'”  (Jeremiah 30:2)

I took God at His word and started to write. Once the book was finished I posted it off to three publishers – two of them never bothered to reply and the third one sent me a politely worded rejection letter.  I was devastated.

God, however, knew that the timing was not right and that the manuscript needed far more work done to it.  Six years later I submitted the re-worked book to a partner publisher in America and they accepted it for publication.

And the Lord said to me, “Write my answer on a billboard (tablet, in a book), large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others. But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass.  Just be patient!  They will not be overdue a single day! (Habakkuk 3:2 & 3)

In hindsight if my book had been accepted first time round it would have been incredibly detrimental to me and to my family.  God knew I would not have been able to cope with the public speaking and exposure that goes hand in hand with having to promote a book.

There was still a lot more healing that had to take place in my life and issues from my past that needed to be dealt with before my story was made public. I needed those years to grow in Him, to learn to rely solely on Him and to trust Him in all things.  I needed that time to realize that God’s timing is always perfect and that He will not allow anything to happen to us – whether good or bad – until the time is right and He has equipped us to deal with the situation.

God is a God of miracles, a God of grace, a God who does give us our heart’s desires if we commit our way to Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways.

All God’s Stones is available in these bookstores in South  Africa:

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About Noelene

I am a child of God's. I am also a writer. Mother Teresa once said "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world". My objective is to be one of God's love letters to the world. I can only achieve this through His grace at work in my life.
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