Thoughts from my devotional reading this week, which, as a writer who wrote for twenty years before God opened a certain door, I found encouraging…

For the vision is yet for an appointed time…. though it linger, wait for it; it will surely come and will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)
In the captivating booklet Expectation Corner, one of the characters, Adam Slowman, was led into the Lord’s treasure-house. Among the many wonders revealed to him there was the “Delayed Blessing Office,” where God stored the answers to certain prayers until it was wise to send them.
For some who pray expecting an answer, it takes a long time to learn that delays of answers are not denials. In fact, in the “Delayed Blessings Office,” there are deep secrets of love and wisdom that we have never imagined! 
We tend to want to pick our blessings from the tree while they are still green, yet God wants us to wait until they are fully ripe.
The Lord longs to be gracious to you…. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isa. 30:18). 

~ from Streams in the Desert

As one who has waited long, I say Amen. I can recall at a certain point in my long writing journey wondering if God’s answer for me, as it pertained to publication through a traditional publisher, was No. At about that same time I posed the question to myself, “If you knew for a fact you would never be published, would you keep writing anyway?” 

When I was able to answer Yes to that, I also decided that while I was writing it couldn’t hurt to keep knocking on those publishing doors, through queries and through prayer. If I didn’t knock, I figured chances were those doors wouldn’t open. If God didn’t open one, despite my knocking, it would be all right. I trusted He knew what was best for me in this situation. 

Turned out my Yes was a Delayed Blessing.

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