My husband rarely wraps a package, so the night before my 40th birthday, he reached behind a pillow on the couch where he had hidden my present.
“Close your eyes,” he coaxed.
Then, he placed it in my hands: A journal to record this new writing journey. (Pssst…. Have I told you yet that I’m writing a book?)
My God’s-Got-It farmer — who teaches me to trust in the Lord whether days bring drought or storm or perfect sun — he gave me a journal with the words TRUST on the front.
I need farmer-trust, farmer-surrender — not just for a book, but for a life. I peeled back the first pages of the journal and found a note from my man.
“Jennifer … I would like you to keep this journal for a record of the process that unfolds to get this book into the hands of those who need it,” he wrote. “It does need to get into those hands, and we know you will TRUST that God already has the process all planned out!”
He underlined the word TRUST.
He reminds me that it’s important to record God’s faithfulness, just like the Israelites did. There’s a real Person guarding our paths, and when journeys take unexpected twists, we have to trust that He is still there.
God doesn’t abandon His people mid-walk. But we rarely get to see what’s around the corner. We have a lamp unto our feet, not a series of bright fluorescents to light up the path ahead. We can see what’s now, and can only trust that no matter what else is ahead, God is.
We can be content, knowing that God’s choices for us are far better than our own. And if our own choices and God’s match up? Well, as my Aunt Gladys used to say, “That’s a bonus.”
Next day — on my 40th birthday — my “that’s-a-bonus” arrived in my inbox: A contract from literary agent Bill Jensen, a man who treats his work as a ministry.
So yes, I’m writing a book. And God-willing, we’ll find a publishing home for it. (And thank you, friends, for making me feel brave in this place, for walking alongside me. I wish I could reach through the screen and hug you.)
I’m so delighted to have signed on with a devoted disciple of Christ, whose mission statement and work honor God.
Bill writes: “It’s not about the amount of books sold, but the number of individuals touched. It’s about the people who desire a fresh revelation of the grace of God, a more effective prayer life, a better marriage, family life, peace of mind, greater understanding, inspirational storytelling — who, in their need, search out a book. Ultimately, it’s about serving God and serving those He loves.”
Note: This is submitted as part of Gypsy-Mama’s Five-Minute Friday, in which we are told to write for five minutes on a topic she selects. This week’s topic? TRUST. 🙂
Gypsy-Mama, I hereby confess that this took longer than five minutes to put together with all these photos. But I couldn’t resist linking anyway. It was too providential to pass up. 🙂
RELATED: The website for William K. Jensen Literary Agency.
A list of authors represented by Bill.