Oh my… I’m getting quite nervous! I have just about twenty-two hours left before my publisher meeting. Yet I feel very much like I am doing the right thing. I want to share a few thoughts with you about moving forward in plans we set for ourselves when we ask God to lead them.
Proverbs 16:3 says “commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (ESV)
For a long time I struggled with figuring out if I had misheard God’s instruction when moving forward in my plans and not seeing the results i thought should be there. I always believed that if God asked me to do it, then it would be visibly successful. If it wasn’t, then I obviously heard God wrong, right?
But let’s look at this verse again… it says to commit our plans to God. So we make our plans, ask God to lead, and leave the results up to Him,and all this should take only the time it takes to carry out the plans right? This verse says our plans will be established, it doesn’t say when or how.
We commit our plans and wait for God. I have been planning to be a published author for many years but here I am… almost forty-seven years old and I am only pitching my book for the first time tomorrow. Every published author has gone through the process of many years of rejection letters before getting their book published. What does that mean for a gal in her late forties? It can leave her feeling a bit like she may have missed the boat, I can tell you that much.
But when examining this verse, I realize that as long as I’m committing this dream to the kingdom of God and leading others to Him, then when that happens is never too late.
When planting a garden, we understand that there is a waiting time before the harvest. If we pick tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, or any other veggie too early, it will not be ripe or ready to eat. It will be bitter and tough and unusable. So when committing our plans to God, we must wait until it’s time to harvest. Wait for the time of ripening. The harvest will be plentiful when we wait for the right time to pick.
I am so looking forward to the Autumn season when the harvest is ready and all the beautiful fall foliage is blazing with fiery reds, oranges, and vibrant yellows. It is my favorite season. It reminds me to be patient when waiting for the harvest I’m supposed to gather to be ready. It’s all in God’s time to be established.
What I learn during this time will be invaluable. I will be able to grow and ripen even more and possibly reap a greater harvest. If I take away nothing more then that, it will be more then worth it!
Results to come soon! Blessings to all of you!