Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
When I signed the publishing contract for A Pleasing Aroma, I promised God, my family, and myself that I would not incur any debt related to the book. Keeping that promise has required that I step way out of my comfort zone, relying strictly on God's provision rather than on my own resourcefulness. Getting through production and kicking off sales have proved to be more challenging than I ever imagined, but God has been faithful.
Although I am passionate about the message He has given me to share, I have learned that whatever God accomplishes through my writings will be done in His way and according to His timetable. Although I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the pressure to schedule events to market and sell my books, God has shown me time and time again that He has other priorities for me in this season of life and that all my efforts are nothing compared to His provision and blessing.
Each of us has a calling, a dream, or a passion that God has placed in our hearts. Are we willing, though, to surrender that calling to His Lordship and trust Him to fulfill our purpose as He sees fit? If we will try less to make things happen and trust God to accomplish what we can not apart from Him, we will find joy in the journey and discover a level of intimacy with Him that we have never known before.
The next time you feel frustrated with the progress you are making, instead of trying harder just try trusting!