In the book, Mr. Jones Meet Your Maker, Peter Marshall prays the following prayer:
O God our Father, history and experience have given us so many evidences of Thy guidance to nations and to individuals that we should not doubt Thy power of Thy willingness to direct us. Give us the faith to believe that when God wants us to do or not to do any particular thing, God finds a way of letting us know.
May we not make it more difficult for Thee to guide us, but be willing to be led of Thee, that Thy will may be done in us and through us for the good of America and all mankind. This we ask in Jesus’ name. AMEN.
I was remind of this prayer as I watched End of the Spear this afternoon. Years ago, five men ventured out to share the good news of Jesus with a vicious tribe of people. At the time, making contact and sharing the Good News with a few men and women was all they hoped for. These missionaries had no idea that years later millions of people would know their story, and moviegoers would be hearing their message over and over again.
Personally, I’ve come to trust that Marshall’s words are true, ” . . . when God wants us to do or not to do any particular thing, God finds a way of letting us know.” I trust that because it has become true in my life.
There are many instances when God places something on my heart, and sometimes I’ll never know why. Then there are other times I listen, obey, and am allowed a glimpse of what God is up to.
Last summer that very thing happened to me. After conversations with other moms and coming across amazing statistics, God placed it on my heart to write a book for Generation X Parents. I had another book under deadline, a conference to prepare for, schoolwork to organize for my kids, but I couldn’t shake the thought. Putting together a proposal for this book was something I had to do NOW.
Within a month, I had a proposal submitted to my agent. Within another month we received word that a few publishers were interested. And by November 15th we heard that Multnomah Publishers was offering a contract. (One of the best in the business!) Due to the grace of God, the manuscript has been written and is currently being edited. It will hit the shelves September 15, 2006 . . . one year from the time God placed the idea on my heart.
I have no clue how many people the message of this book will touch, and that’s okay. I can’t do much concerning results, but I can be obedient in following God in the areas He calls me to.
Years ago, five missionaries walked in obedience and it cost them their lives. But, oh, how many hearts have been touched by their story.
This year, God is leading me down numerous paths of publication . . . yet I’m leaving the results to Him.
Now, what about you? Are you willing to pray the same prayer?
Give me the faith to believe that when You want me to do or not to do any particular thing, You will find a way of letting me know.
I guarantee if you expect and believe, listen and obey, you will not be disappointed.