One of my devotions will be posted on Christian Devotions November 26, 2013. Please stop by and check out the site.
January 16, 2008, I submitted an article retelling the events of Pie’s seizure when he was 10-months-old, to a magazine I felt was a perfect fit. The article was not something the editor was looking for at the time, so she rejected it. AAGGHH!
All through 2008, I submitted that article to numerous magazines. All rejected it. Discouragement. I sent it out a couple more times, and met with the same fate.
I let the article sit in my files until May of 2012. I never gave up on it. I really believed what I wrote about how God brought me through an overwhelming situation, was something others would benefit from reading. So, at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, I showed it to an editor.
She liked it! She requested I submit it, and submit, I did.
October 21, 2012, I had an offer to publish the article. Yea, God!
July 10, 2013, “Letting Go” posted on Today’s Christian Woman Parent Connect.
If you’ve done the math, you saw this was a five and a half year journey of closed doors. But God…
He knew the people he wanted to read my article. He knew who it would benefit most. He orchestrated it all. Was I happy when the article kept being rejected? No. Was I discouraged? Yes. Did I give up? Not completely. I kept knocking on doors until one opened.
Oh, perhaps you’ll find this interesting…the magazine I submitted “Letting Go” to in January 2008? Today’s Christian Woman –print version before there ever was a digital version of the magazine. God’s perfect timing.
Are you in a place where you’re waiting for doors to open? Perhaps it’s a job. Perhaps it’s a health issue. Perhaps it’s concern for a family member. Release from addiction. Release from pain –however it is manifesting itself. Release from self-doubts.
Just as my article met with closed doors, there was a reason. There’s a reason for your closed doors, too. We don’t need to know that reason, though sometimes we’d sure like an explanation. What we need to do is keep knocking. Keep persisting. Keep trusting. Move through that door when God opens it. And stay put when he keeps it closed.
The Apostle Paul met closed doors, but he kept on knocking. He didn’t give up, and neither should we.
They (Paul and Silas) went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas.
Acts 16:6-8 MSG
I wish you well.
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