Friday, April 6, 2012

What are you believing?

So I had a dream just recently that I finished writing my Book.
So, of course, what do you think I did?
Posted the dream on Facebook. (I know, shocking!)
After mentioning that I had the dream, I followed with the question,
"Could it be a sign?"
And a News Anchorwoman from CNN replied with a resounding,
"YES!  It's called a precognitive dream!"

Now I haven't done my research, so I don't quite know if I believe or even understand precognitive dreams, but here's what I do believe.
I believe that her confident, immediate response  injected a dose of 'belief' into me.
It was as if the book was already done in my mind!
Ready for publishing!

Like the saying goes:
 "She believed she could...
so she did!"

Imagine if God came down and told you (yes you...the one reading this)
that you could...(fill in the blank).
At that point it wouldn't be a matter of 'IF'...
but rather a matter of 'WHEN'.

So I gathered up the courage (based on this infusion of belief),
and headed off to Malibu, with my Book in hand.
I put it in the hands of a Book Publisher.
Her response to my writing was just what I needed.
An unbiased opinion, telling me that I have a talent and I must use it!
I never wanted to be like that kid on American Idol, who grew up thinking he could sing cuz his mommy said so...
yet Simon told him he was bloody dreadful!
(So needless to say, I was relieved Simon wasn't the Book Publisher!)

When she told me I was better than Erma Bombeck, my natural default was to think, "Oh, she's just being polite."
She then proceeded to tell me how her own friend wrote a book for her to review, and she boldly informed her that it wasn't good enough.
This was in her attempt to convince me that she wasn't just giving me lip service.  She had nothing to lose by being brutally honest with me,
and yet she continued to tell me how clever my writing was.

Please don't misinterpret this as me patting myself on the back,
there's nothing more annoying...
but God has gifted each and every one of you.  And if the enemy(or ourselves) can convince us otherwise, then we bury that talent.
We're like Gideon when God calls out to him, hiding in the wine press, "Oh mighty man of valor!"  Gideon's looking around timidly like, "Who me?"

Just a side note...
I prayed on my way to this meeting that I would see a movie star on that particular day.  Someone famous.  Not that I'm obsessed with celebrities...
it just came to me.
I thought, "Lord...this is not too big for you.  Just a simple request.  You could do it in a heartbeat.  It will just be that encouragement that reminds me that you can do all things.  And showing me this is a sign
that you also can help me write this Book.  Because ultimately, it's You who will be speaking through me.

So me and the Book Publisher decide to take a 10 mile hike in Malibu, and who do we see heading on to the trail that we just came off of? 
Owen Wilson.
We even had a brief exchange as her dogs chased after his 2 dogs.
She yelled, "They're not dangerous!"
And I piped up, "Yeah, they'll just lick you to death!"
He looked me right in the eye as he laughed heartily.
I almost missed it!
It was a wink from God.
Under his baseball cap, I almost didn't recognize him.
How often we may not recognize God in many of our situations.
They sometimes come in disguise.
The 'ball cap' can throw us off, because it looks a little different than we expected. 

I was actually a bit embarrassed by my prayer, and wasn't quick to
openly admit it.  In case you'd mistake me for being 'shallow'.
Someone who secretly carries a Star Map in her purse.
Or the latest National Enquirer. (enquiring minds need to know!;)
(I confess, I do record E News on occassion.)
Just sayin'.

So imagine with me for a minute...
what could YOU do in this brief time here on earth...
if you just believed?

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