Ten years ago today I got a phone call that changed my life.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my car waiting outside an office for a scheduled appointment, and as is usually the case with me, I was early. So out of boredom, I called home from my cell phone to check the messages on my answering machine. Yes, we had answering machines in those days. It might have even had one of those tiny little cassettes.
And there it was. An offer from a publisher. To publish my book.
I don’t remember much about the appointment that followed, only that I’m amazed I kept it all together, pretending it was a normal day and that this was just another meeting I had to check off my to-do list. I wanted to scream, “Don’t you people understand that my life just changed???”
But I didn’t.
I went home and listened to the message again and returned the call and told them yes, I’d love to have them publish my book. And then I sat down at my kitchen table and wrote out a prayer in my quiet time journal before I made any other phone call to my family or friends. Because this was God’s project, not mine. And I needed to speak with Him about it first.
“Lord, you’re the first one I want to come to with this! A publisher wants to make me an offer! My head is spinning and I want to cry and laugh and jump all at the same time. It’s been a long road, but I entered a new path today. I don’t know where it will go from here, but “thanks” doesn’t seem like enough. Give me wisdom and discernment . I haven’t been down this route before, but You have, and You know how to take care of me”. And He has.
He gave me a platform to tell other single women what He had shown me about waiting and trusting and believing. And in His wisdom and love, He has kept me single myself. That wasn’t my plan, but I think sometimes that it’s opening more doors and giving me more credibility in the area of trusting God with the most personal desires of our hearts. And since that phone call in November of 2003, there has been a Spanish version published and both an English and Spanish blog, and God has brought me into contact with so many amazing people.
Because of a phone call.
It’s a reminder to me that God can change anything, anytime, in any way He wants. Sometimes we plod along for years waiting for The Big Moment we’ve dreamed of. Sometimes it’s not a Big Moment. Sometimes we just need to know God is still at work in our lives, in our challenges, in our everydays.
I didn’t wake up that morning thinking that it was the day that would change my life. I didn’t wake up this morning thinking that TODAY could change my life. But the great thing is knowing and believing that God can change anything, anytime, in any way He wants. Maybe today.
And I like that.
(And P.S. – Anticipatience is is being re-released as an e-book soon! Stay tuned!)
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)
Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5
For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 9:1