Three days ago, which could be Sunday or Monday depending on how you look at it, I had resigned myself to failure. It seems no matter how many times I try to plan ahead, I never seem to be able to allot enough time for a “proper” book release.
This publishing gig is a lot more complicated than I thought. There are so many pieces and parts, so many variables and inconsistencies, it’s almost impossible to plan for every eventuality. Someday I’ll get there. Someday I’ll figure out how to plan for all the flubs and foibles, miscommunications, printing errors, typos, shipping delays, and my own diminishing brain functions.
In any case, three days ago I was fully prepared to press forward with the release of a book with a temporary cover. But you know what happened? Our miracle worker cover designer came through for us in a big way. And not only did we get a fantastic cover, we also got it in time to get the copies printed for our event on April 7 (the 2016 TPA Convention in Wichita… big, big deal).
The moral of the story? A heck of a lot can happen in three days. So don’t assume you’ve failed or that someone else has failed or that all is lost just because you think there isn’t time to make it happen. Miracles happen every day.
Earlier this week we celebrated Easter. Talk about a lot happening in three days! As Paul writes to the Church of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
For those days that Jesus lay dead in the grave, His followers lost hope. They gave up, walked away from their faith, and clung to the shadows. And part of me doesn’t blame them. Jesus had been everything to them. But three days later, everything changed. What they thought was the end was really just the beginning of their stories.
What they thought was the end was really just the beginning of their stories.
It’s tempting to give up when things don’t go to the way we plan. And it’s easy to talk about focusing on today and not worrying about tomorrow, but it’s not as easy to put into practice. But the fact remains that you have what you need for today. God will provide for tomorrow.
Yes, when plans fall through sometimes it means you have to change directions, but not always. Sometimes when your plans fall though, it just means you need to keep waiting, because God is going to work it out.
Don’t watch the clock. Don’t keep checking your watch. Don’t pace. Don’t fret.
You have today, and today is plenty of time for God to work a miracle.