My husband and I went to the grocery store on our way home from our date night, and guess what I found on one of those Christian book/devotional kiosks? A devotional prayer book that showcased many of my writings! It was my very first paid publication when I began using my writing to share Christ’s love with others. I wrote for the publisher of the book in 2010, but I didn’t find out the books were published until 2013. I never checked. I figured that maybe the books didn’t come to fruition–a common occurrence in the publishing world.
However, years later after I contributed my writing, a sweet young lady messaged me at my Facebook Author Page, and let me know how much she appreciated the book and my writing. What a surprise! I had no idea what she was talking about and it took several comments back and forth for me to figure it out. The prayer book that I had believed was a no-go had been published since 2011. And somehow it made a journey from the publisher’s location in Illinois all the way south to my town of Corpus Christi, Texas!
One hour before I found the prayer book, I had just been at our local bookstore with my husband, complaining to God that my books were not on any of the bookshelves. All the while one of my books (about hope!) was just beyond the freezer section and behind the flower section of my local super market! God was reminding me that His ways are greater than my ways and His thoughts are greater than my thoughts (ref. Isaiah 55:8-9). Not everyone frequents the local bookstore, but EVERYONE has to get groceries. I couldn’t help feeling overwhelmed with the sense that God is always in control.
It may take over five years to see the fruit of our work dedicated to Him, but He doesn’t forget a single act of obedience. God has the universe at His disposal. With a wave of a hand, He can make our work turn up anywhere–even late Sunday night while out getting groceries for the week. I know it may seem small, but I was enamored with God’s mercy, knowing that He always has my best interest in mind. He wants to incorporate my life into His greater plan, so I need to listen closely to His voice and follow His leading. If I don’t see results right away, I can trust that at any moment when I least expect it, God will reveal how little parts of my obedience are forming His Kingdom here on earth and for eternity!
“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’[a] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17.20-21 NKJV).