There’s a time for every purpose under heaven.
“We have an offer on The Shepherd’s Song.”
The email from Greg Johnson came early one morning in November . Betsy read it first and almost sprained her ankle getting to the phone to call Laurie. Laurie was on a trip with her husband and was bolted awake by the news.
Breathlessly we called family and friends. After years of writing for children our first adult novel had been accepted for publication. As we shared the news a question came up:
How long did it take you?
That’s hard to answer. We have been around writing and publishing all our lives. We read manuscripts as children and have both written and published for 25 years. We have had years of life experiences that were important for the writing of the book. So how long did it take?
There’s a story told about Pablo Picasso.
A woman approached Picasso with a piece of paper and asked him to sketch something on it. He did and as he handed the paper back he said, “That will cost you $10,000.” The woman was appalled, “You took just five minutes to do the sketch. Isn’t $10,000 a lot for five minutes of work?” Picasso replied, “The sketch may have taken me five minutes, but the learning took me 30 years.”
All of us are preparing for the next thing that God has for us whether we realize it or not. We can often look back with new understanding and see how God has used our experiences, both good and bad, to train us. We are impatient, but when the time comes we can say, “Ohhhh, now I understand.”
Have you ever looked back and seen God working in your life to prepare you for what was coming? Did you ever doubt His timing?
Laurie and Betsy
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
1 Corinthians 13:12