I am so excited to have Morgan Busse back with us. She visited Genesis 5020 a while back. If you missed her interview you can check it out here.
Morgan has a new release and she is giving away a copy to one commentator. So take some time to read her wonderful Genesis 5020 and then thank her for her for stopping by.
“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” Psalm 105:19. We all know how Joseph’s story ended: he became second in command and reunited with his family. But have you ever thought about all the time that passed, all the trials Joseph went through before God finally fulfilled his dreams?
Think of the heartache brought on by the betrayal of his brothers. The fear he might have felt when he was handed over to the merchants. A choice to make the best of things as he took his place as a slave in Potipher’s home. The split second decision to run when Potipher’s wife tried to seduce him. The disbelief when Potipher believed his wife’s lies about him. Then the kicker: thrown into prison for doing nothing wrong.
Joseph sat in that prison for years. He was totally surrounded by darkness, both physically and emotionally (at least I would be). All he’s known in his life are lies, betrayal, and hardship. He sat there day in and day out, facing a bleak existence. Perhaps he tried to hold onto the promise that God was going to do something great with his life, but he couldn’t see how that was going to happen as he stared at the dark dungeon walls.
Perhaps even darker thoughts invaded Joseph’s mind. Should he have given in to Potipher’s wife? He wouldn’t be here now if he had. Or could God be trusted? Why hadn’t God kept his promise? Why had God allowed him to be imprisoned? Maybe jealousy temped him as he watched Pharoh’s cupbearer leave prison. The deep, painful depression as he waited for the cupbearer to keep his word and get Joseph out of prison, only to have days turn into weeks turn into months.
Until the time came…God tested Joseph’s character.
My journey toward becoming a published author felt a lot like being in God’s forge. When I picture a forge, I see a dark room filled with sweltering heat and darkness. A hammer slams down on a red-hot piece of metal. It takes heat, sweat, and pain to turn ordinary metal into something extraordinary and useful. But the process can feel dark and agonizing.
I first started writing years ago. Like any writer, I dreamed of publishing a novel. It was a long process for me. At the time I was a mother of four young children, so the only writing time I had was during naps and late at night.
Finally, after a couple years, I finished my manuscript. I was ready to fulfill my dream: become a published author.
I am a stubborn person. I hold onto something with an iron-like grip. Deep down, I knew that I needed to give my writing to God. All of it. And I tried. If you were to use a percentage, I would say I gave God at least 95%. But there was always a small part of my heart that clung to my dream of becoming a published writer. A part that no matter how hard I tried, I could not give up.
So God graciously intervened.
A year later life came crashing down on my family. My husband lost his job. It soon became apparent that to help my family, I would need to go back to work fulltime. And in order for me to work fulltime and take care of my family (which included our four young children), I would have to give up writing.
That night I prayed and cried. I tried to figure out how to balance it all. But I knew there was no way I could be a wife, mom, worker, and writer at the same time. Something had to give. It had to be my writing.
So on my knees I finally and completely gave my writing over to God. 100%. I would walk away without a second glance back. I would not send out any more inquiries to publishers or agents. I would put my writing aside until the time came that my family no longer needed me to work. Or perhaps I would never come back.
There was one catch: I had not heard back from an editor. I told God that it was in His hands what He did with my book. I would not pursue this editor. I would wait and see what happened. The next day I started my new job.
Two weeks later, I received an email from the editor asking if I wanted to be part of Marcher Lord Press. I couldn’t believe it. After I had completely given up on writing, God gave me my dream back.
Unlike Joseph’s dreams (which were prophetic and a promise from God), my dream was simply an aspiration of mine. I wanted to be a writer. God didn’t have to fulfill my dream. Sometimes He doesn’t. What I do know is that God is more concerned about our character than our achievements in this life. But in the process, we might find our dreams again.
Until the time came to fulfill her dreams, the Lord tested Morgan’s character.
How about you? What are your dreams? Do you feel like you are in God’s forge right now?
Thanks so much for coming to spend time with my readers, Morgan.
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