Some people want to know that very thing. We all want to accomplish something, meet a goal, and delight in the victory when reaching that milestone. Maybe yours is in fact, to write and publish a book.
But that desire never visited my thoughts. Once I lost my sight, I kept my eyes on Jesus, the one who gave me a new vision.
And one day I sat at the computer and, with the aid of a special voice synthesizer that reads the screen, my fingers danced on the keyboard. I wanted to jot the details of my story for my grandchildren. That’s all, just for them.
But the story kept growing. Details poured from my heart, long-ago episodes jostled through my memory, and the evident healing of pain and heartache that seared my heart shimmered through the pages.
A book? Why not, I thought. So I divided it into chapters. After months and months of rewriting, I crafted the last chapter.
Then I gulped big and sheepishly handed it to hubby. I waited, wondered, and wished for his approval.
“Pretty good,” he said. But with heart drumming, I braced for the real response. Not sure what that would be because in Chapter 7 I relate the stinging infidelity that rattled our marriage.
“If it would help another married couple, I think we should include it,” he said.
Inside, I let out a squeal of joy because by then I had asked the Lord to put his blessing on my writing, anoint my story, and take it to where He saw it fit.
He did. To my delight and awe the book is still selling after four years in print. And surprises still sprinkle from time to time. I just learned a company bought 100 copies to offer it among other high-ranking books, folks in Brazil translated it into Portuguese, and it sold through Europe as well.
Looking back, what I’d done was one thing and one thing only—I allowed gratitude for God’s healing to fuel my desire to write. Not write a book actually, just string words together to illustrate how God’s hand brushed His triumph through human trials.
I smile with appreciation for my blindness, His comfort after the tragedy of my son because all that helped me to see the world, my life, eternity and each moment with different eyes.
That story I titled, Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow, (meant only for my grandchildren) changed lives—so write some of my readers.
Sigh. So that’s what happens when one seeks God first, situations don’t matter—blind, deaf, unable to walk, to speak or dance—seeing Him first opens doors to surprises beyond our imagination. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added onto you” (Matthew 6:33).
I invite you to open your arms. He’s ready to add all those things—pour blessings, open doors, and usher triumph and success.
(who longs to serve Him and to inspire you…)
…because life is not about what you cannot do because of circumstances out of your control. Success comes when you recognize what you can do with what God has given you.
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Janet Perez Eckles
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Inspiraciön en medio de un mundo apresurado.