It happens almost every time. I write a book, and then wham! The Lord uses the very words *I* wrote to speak to me — at a much-needed time! I find it amusingly awesome. 🙂
For Befriending the Beast, the theme is one of hope, trust, and waiting. As I was editing it, I realized one scene that held a message that I needed.
“Did these roses bloom as soon as you and your mother planted them?” Percy’s voice was next to Belle. Without looking, she knew that he knelt beside her. “Or were you that impatient little girl, dragging her mama here every morn to search for buds?”
The tears finally emerged. Percy had watched her grow up. Of course he remembered those days of impatience.
“Did you stop watering and nurturing the rosebushes just because you didn’t see flowers?”
Belle shook her head and gave up on pretending to weed.
“Nay. Just like it takes time with flowers, it takes time for the Spirit’s work. And you cannot give up ‘watering and nurturing’ because things aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like them to.”
Wherever the Lord has you today, keep trusting in Him, waiting for Him, and following Him!