Lately, I’ve beenpondering what it means to truly trust God, to be patient, to wait expectantly for an answer to prayer, to hold onto hope when walking through the valley. Those are topics which every follower of Christ should ponder or meditate on at some point in their walk with the Lord. But the main reason these thoughts are rolling around inside of me is because of my work-in-progress (WIP).
The theme of my WIP is: “God sometimes keeps His promises in unexpected ways.”
I seldom begin writing a book with a theme in mind. The theme usually develops slowly over the course of writing the story. Sometimes I’m not even aware of the theme until my editor or a reviewer points it out to me. Then I do a head-slap and say, “Duh!” As an intuitive writer, I’ve known it “in my gut” but haven’t always brought it to the surface.
The idea for my WIP came to me because God kept a promise in such an amazing—and definitely unexpected—way in my own life. It was a dream I believed was dead and buried. I had convinced myself I must have been mistaken when I thought I heard God’s promise about that heart’s desire. I no longer had any expectation that what I’d desired would come to pass. And then it did—years after it seemed over. It took me completely by surprise. And the more I marveled over it, the more I knew it was a story I wanted to tell. Not my story, exactly, but one inspired by it. (After all, I’m a novelist, not a memoirist.)
Has God ever resurrected a dream you thought was dead and brought it to pass when you least expected it? Has He ever answered a prayer in a totally unexpected way? Care to share with me about it? I would love to hear.