by Linda Thompson
First, a bit of transparency. When I committed to this date for a guest post, I thought I would be in a different place in my publishing journey. I understood there were no guarantees, but in truth I had some expectations. After years of writing and re-writing, when the Lord blessed my manuscript with a Genesis win last year, I kind of thought a clear path to publication would follow. This week being the seventy-fifth anniversary of the WWII mission that inspired my story, the Doolittle Raid, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to build expectation for my, ahem, on-the-road-to-publication novel.
Well. Let’s just say it seems the Lord has a different plan.
Naturally, I’ve been meditating on scriptures on waiting. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Is 40:31), right? I never noticed before that the word for “wait” in this passage has a sense of being intertwined. From the Complete Word Study Bible: the Hebrew word is a verb meaning to wait for, to look for, to hope for. The root meaning is that of twisting or winding a strand of cord or rope….
I should be so intertwined with my Lord that my will disappears into His! Doesn’t this evoke Jesus’ idea of “abiding” (John 15:4)?
My period of waiting has given me a couple of gifts. Here’s the first: I think I’ve largely replaced my expectations with expectancy to see what the Lord will do in His timing.
And the second gift? During this period of waiting, something happened I didn’t expect.
I suppose I’m not alone in approaching the idea of establishing an author platform with trepidation. I was convinced my blog would be a big time suck no one would ever read.
But as it turns out I really like blogging. My vision in penning my novel was to impact lives through story. The book may still be in “wait” mode, but the blog gives me a chance to impact people with words right now. I’m learning to have expectancy He will breathe messages through me. And if I’m faithful to write them down, I can trust Him to muster the right audience.
Why am I so confident the Lord is concerned with my work, even if publishers aren’t clamoring for it?
Because, fellow Christian creative, ours is a very high calling.
Do you know who the first person described by God as being filled with His spirit was?
Ever hear of Bezalel?
His is not one of the best-known names from the Old Testament, but his brief appearance in the book of Exodus is impactful. We first hear of him in Ex 31:2, after the golden calf fiasco. The Lord has graciously invited Moses back up Mount Sinai to receive a second set of tablets. The Lord reveals that Bezalel has been called by name to be the master craftsman in charge of building His Tabernacle. Other than Aaron and the patriarchs, I don’t think anyone else got mentioned by name when the Lord spoke with Moses on Sinai.
Thus Bezalel took a key role in one of the most significant events in the Hebrew Scriptures. It’s up to him to oversee the creation of a habitation fit for The Almighty. The fulcrum of the entire Mosaic redemptive system.
What were Bezalel’s qualifications for this critical job? A long family tradition of craftsmanship? Decades of training in Pharaoh’s workshops?
Scripture doesn’t elaborate on that, but here are a few things it does mention.
• Bezalel’s name means “in the shadow of God.”
• The Lord had “filled him with the Spirit of God.” (Ex 31:3, 35:31)
• Bezalel was also filled with “wisdom of heart.” The phrase is rendered “skill” in some versions, but the more literal translation speaks to me.
• Bezalel’s superior ability was the result of being filled with God’s Spirit, of “dwelling in God’s shadow.” He had a special skill in craft that flowed from a sanctified core being.
What was the result? “Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it as Yahweh had commanded…. And Moses blessed them.” (Ex 39:42) The climax of the book of Exodus occurs when the Lord visibly inhabits the new Tabernacle.
So, yes, my writing matters to God. Whether it’s a novel read by thousands or a blog followed by a few dozen, if I live in His shadow, like Bezalel I can aspire to craft words the Almighty will inhabit.
Linda Thompson blogs on the topic Five Stones and a Sling: Stories of Reckless Faith at lthompsonbooks.com. WordServe Literary is shopping her first novel. The Plum Blooms in Winter. Inspired by a true story from the Doolittle Raid of WWII, the novel was a 2016 ACFW Genesis Contest winner.
Linda, I think I may have found my new favorite Blog. Your post today could have been written by me. It speaks my heart as I’m on the same journey. Fight the good fight sister, finish the race, it’s all for Him.
Hi Linda: Beautiful, beautiful, inspiring Post! You have a very special talent (gift), being able to share your emotions through words with the reader, (me), allowing for an experience of deep connection and reverence! Thank you for sharing a part of YOU! Looking forward to hearing, (reading), more of your thoughts! Sincerely.
Wow, Linda, this realllllly spoke to me, and not just spoke to me, but confirmed to me what God has been saying to me over the last two years as well. So it doesn’t matter if you’re prepubbed or pubbed, His message is the same, imparting true “wisdom of the heart.”
Hugs and God bless!
Linda, I love that you shared your place of waiting with us because I think many can relate. I, myself, feel like I’ve been waiting for the last two years to see God move in my life.
In the mean time, a book called Wait and See by Wendy Pope has helped me realize that I really am in a time of waiting (I somehow didn’t recognize it before).
Also, I love that you changed “expectations” to “expectancy.” That word switch resonates with me. And I think I need to ponder this more.
Thank you, Linda.
Thanks Linda for inviting me to read your blog. Very well done. Hard to live up to, but encouraging. I will keep checking back, you have a way with words.
Hi to you all! I wish I had a way to respond to your comments individually but I don’t see one. I’m very grateful to each of you for taking time to leave a comment.
It means a great deal to me to hear that this touched you–and helps confirm what the Lord’s speaking to me about my own calling. What an awesome God we serve!
Credit where it’s due… the insight about expectations versus expectancy was from Allen Arnold’s “The Story of With.” Amazing little book! I had a longer version that included a quote from his book but I had to kill that darling 😉 due to word count.
As for Bezalel… a bit of a long story but that one’s Kristy Cambron’s fault for introducing me to VerseMapping. Bezalel was the result of a Saturday morning spent digging deeper into the Exodus story.
Again, I’m so very glad the Lord was able to use my words to encourage you! But you see how it was from encouragement with which I had been encouraged… 2 Cor 1:3-4 🙂 ACFW is a great group!
I was also very reluctant to start blogging, but I have found it much more interesting than I ever expected.