“That little fellow seems to be no part of me; I remember him as something left behind upon the road of life – as something I have passed, rather than have actually been – and almost think of him as someone else.”
In one of the blogs Arthur wrote this past week, he shared about my pursuit of quotes to go with each chapter of the book I am writing on our connection to time. The quote above is one of the best I have found so far. It is from “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. In one sentence he captured a feeling that many of us have had.
Dickens, however, wasn’t looking for a solution, and probably didn’t even realize there was a problem. He was simply making an observation. Little did he know that two centuries later, his observation would fit so perfectly into a puzzle that God is assembling through my life!
I love His exquisite works of timing.
I love the fact that He can use someone who lived and died long before I came on the scene, and He can also use someone who is a spiritual father, friend, and boss. The gift of a week of prayer from the Sapphire Tribe was more than I would have ever thought to ask. To say it took me by surprise is an understatement! But what a heavenly surprise it was.
In the first blog he wrote, Arthur mentioned that writing is a lonely art. It is true. When it comes right down to it, the work is done between you and your pen. Nobody else can be in your head with you. Early on in life, that was not a problem. I enjoyed the solitude and the chance to escape into another world. But then I had some bumps in the road and being alone got scary. In the last five or six years as I have been redeeming the art of writing in my life, I pushed against that barrier of loneliness. It wasn’t easy. But I kept at it. In the last year or two I have felt the joy coming back. Me and my pen are becoming good buds.
I never expected Arthur to do what he did, which was a huge gift all in itself. But I was overwhelmed by the response from you, the Sapphire Tribe. I could feel your emotional engagement. I could feel the joy in your comments and prayers and your desire to lean into the process. This blew me away. I never asked God if I could stop writing alone. But suddenly I felt like I had the world behind me. What a tremendous and totally unexpected gift.
Arthur’s blogs were brilliant and hit on so many strategic spots in the writing and publishing process. Just the alignment of time and creativity alone is worth its weight in gold! He also reframed some things for me, such as not brushing off the little stuff. I wrote the copyright page differently than I would have otherwise! This gift has so many layers.
Thank you, Arthur, for living what you teach and for modeling what it means to be a godly leader who lives big while expanding our horizons. Thank you for this investment in the Kingdom of God through me. Thank you, all my Sapphire friends who have poured on me the blessings of your joy and anticipation and have sent to heaven the prayers that come from your own authority and design.
I feel more than ever the weight of responsibility in stewarding this Kingdom resource. In the coming weeks as I finish up the editing and publishing process, I look forward to seeing the fruit of your prayers and the imprint of world-wide joy on the pages. If you want to track the process, I am planning to post some regular updates on my Facebook page, which you can visit by clicking here. When it comes time for the release, I will send out a newsletter, so you are welcome to sign up here, if you are not already registered.
Further up and further in!