On Friday night, I went to a breakout session at She Speaks with pen poised and legal pad blank and waiting. Cecil Murphey, a man who has written countless books and is beloved by the publishing community, was the speaker, and I was sure that I was going to receive the magic formula for success in publishing.
Surely he'd talk about building a platform. The key to success is the number of your blog readers, the number in your audience or the number of your proposals that are accepted by publishers. Right?
The key to success is found in your degrees, the number of conferences you've attended and the number of hours writing. Right?
I prepared for wisdom and rules to be imparted. (Since I'm one more rule-following fool, a list of rules is something I can get excited about!)
Cec took the stage and began to speak unexpected words but words that my heart longed to hear.
Who would have thought?
Who would have thought that a book like Practicing the Presence of God would dwindle to a stack of 100 molding away in a warehouse before an impassioned pastor began recommending it to everyone within earshot?
Who would have thought that a book like The Shack which was self-published and so controversial would make millions feel the love of God?
Who would have thought that a book about 90 minutes in heaven would ever have made it among all the "near death" books and novels around us?
Who would have thought?
Cec's whole message was that God is in control. He is the one who chooses, and all the blog posts, positioning and preparation in the world doesn't change things. God changes things.
Many of you may be reading this, and your response is "Duh!" I know. But for a girl with a highly over-developed sense of responsibility, Cec's message was a place where my heart could rest. So I started my own list that ended up looking a whole lot like thankfulness.
Who would have thought...
- I'd have a husband that would make coffee and buy doughnuts the morning after a conference from which I was left comatose?
- A rule-following girl would be embraced by Grace?
- My friends from my two worlds would collide and make a bigger circle?
- My youngest would say, "It's not the same without you here, Mom"?
- I'd see and hear the stories of the faith of 11 amazing women?
If you reflect, do you have some "Who would have thoughts?"