Trust God – It Works
Unemployed for 2 years. A lot of people these days can relate to that. It started in September of 2008. By November I ran out of money and with other issues piling up, I was depressed. You can read all about it in Up the Down Escalator.
It wasn’t easy. Patience is not one of my strong suits, but it is a fruit of the Spirit and you’ll get it if you ask for it. (Galatians 5:16-25)
I put my job search, my money woes and all the other problems in God’s hands.
The hardest part was with each rejection letter – “Thank you for applying, but we’ve decided to hire someone else…” Now, I know full well that I’m qualified, talented, creative and one of God’s creations, but you can’t help but think, “Did I say something wrong? Did I do something wrong? What could I have said differently?” You start second guessing yourself and you end up in a funk.
It usually took me a couple of hours after a rejection to get out of the funk. Not like I wasn’t used to rejections. As an author, you send out query letters to agents and publishers and you get rejection after rejection. But it’s different when it’s something you’ve created vs. yourself.
What go me through was saying, “Ok, God, You know my situation, You know my needs. I put everything at Your feet.”
I kept reading passages like, Romans 5:3-6, 1 Peter 5:6, James 1:12, and Philippians 4:4-7. And I knew that everything would be alright in God’s time frame, not mine. I thanked God for everything I had – from the roach-infested apartment (it was a roof over my head with electricity and running water – more than other people had) to food and for my church family.
In October, a friend invited me to the Women of Faith Conference and in the program, there was an ad for the Writing Contest. It was free to enter, so I did. And I forgot about it.
I got a job, finally, working for a nice Christian doing what I do best – marketing. (See God knew the right position for me.)
In Feb. I found out that my novel was in top 30 finalists. Wow. March 1, the winners would be announced.
I was blown away when I saw that I won 2nd prize – a full publishing package with Westbow publishers (a division of Thomas Nelson – yeah, the big Christian publishing house.)
It’s all God’s doing. He gave me the talent and the inspiration to write the story. He led me to a great church family (First Christian Church of Phoenix) and through His Word (a light unto my path…), I’m blessed beyond belief!
So, to anyone who’s facing some tough times, trust God – it Works!
Soli Deo Gloria