“We must look to Mary’s example to know how to deal with the glorious impossibilities of God. Look how she turned the world upside down by making one simple statement: ‘Consider me the Lord’s slave. May it be done to me according to your word.'” – Calvin Miller
I met my mentor before I knew anything about him. I was taking a Women in Church History class at the South Texas School of Christian Studies and our professor required us to attend and write about a talk that the college was hosting. I bought the 100th ticket to the talk and so won a shirt, but the real prize was meeting Calvin Miller after he had spoken. Above is one of my most prized possessions: Calvin Miller’s autograph to me written on the inside cover of one of his many books.
It is heart-stopping to think that his anointed fiction poetic novel, The Singer, was in the “slush pile” (a stack of unsolicited manuscripts) at a publishing house. This magnificent piece of literature that became the Singer Trilogy could have been overlooked and dismissed without even a thought to what the world would be missing without it.
Through a series of nights, the Holy Spirit woke Calvin Miller to write The Singer in the quiet hours of the night, and once he finished the manuscript, he mailed it off to a single publisher. The tiny seed of God’s promise in Calvin Miller’s life seemed so small that a slight breeze could blow it out the window and into a grassy abyss below. Seeds of promise are precious to God, and nothing is lost in Hs hands. Click To Tweet
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zechariah 4.10 NLT).
Even though The Singer was salvaged from the slush pile, the publisher had doubts of its salability. “But,” he [the publisher] cautioned, “we’re going to print five thousand of these. They may not do well—in fact we may end up with four thousand of them on skids in our basement for the next ten years. Still, it’s a good book and deserves to be in print.”
However, the book became number one in its genre, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and changed the course of Calvin Miller’s life.
I look at the more than 40 books that Calvin Miller has written, the hundreds of thousands of lives he has inspired and the monumental legacy he has left for Christ, and I marvel that it all started as a tiny seed, so seemingly insignificant that it could have blown away.
Calvin Miller’s writing inspires me, but his life gives me hope. If his small seed of promise could grow into a forest of books, so can mine and so can everyone who follows after God’s heart and takes risks into His impossible plan.
“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God'” (Luke 18.27 NIV).
No matter the promise that God has given you, it is “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1.20). So don’t despise the fragile beginnings of your promise. Trust that God knows how to plant the seed and cultivate it, and He will bring the rains down when the time of flourishing begins (Leviticus 26.4 NLT). Just wait on Him (Psalm 27.14), and believe that He is fully able to do more than you can ever imagine.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3.20 NLT).