October 2021 STAY POSITIONED
A recent devotional referred to Exodus 33:21 with the title, “Positioned for God’s Blessing”: And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.” The writer encouraged those reading his words to ‘stay positioned for God’s blessing.’
I have had more than the typical number of readings lately telling me to wait on the Lord’s timing, and this attitude adjustment culminated with the admonition to stay positioned for God’s blessing. It has been many years since the birth of The Harvester Chronicles: JP Knights, and it is easy to become discouraged that the project will never come to pass. Yet, God continues to tell me to wait on Him. So I do. When I think about it, God has ‘waited’ even longer than I have to bring this story to the world. He has picked the exact time, place, and yes, even person, through whom to present this tale. He knows when all will work together for the project to bring the most people to Him, and He is setting the stage to act!
When I consider each aspect of birthing the saga of angels interacting with people, I realize that God has this under control. All I need to do is ‘stay positioned’!
How does a person ‘stay positioned,’ you may ask? I believe that trying to know God and His will is the best way to do that. Praying, asking for help, reading the Word, listening to wise pastors and teachers, fasting, and tuning in to the Spirit’s voice all keep a person set for God to act when the time is right. In the meantime, understanding that staying positioned is not a static, nothing-going-on, type of thing is important. It takes balance and alertness constantly so that you don’t fall.
Where are you right now with the promise or vision God has given you? Have you given up? Remember that God planted that desire in your heart, and, like a seed, it needs time to grow and mature. Habakkuk 2:3 reminds us that “the vision is … for an appointed time … though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” What a promise!!!
As for me, I strive to ‘stay positioned’ for the ‘appointed time’! How about you?
For the Lamb…!
The God of Miracles
Some of you may recall the song with the above title that was the opening music for the Oral Roberts television hour years ago. I remember getting home from Sunday church and hearing, “The God of Miracles is reaching out His hand. The God of Miracles is moving through the land…”
A recent devotional challenged me to revisit the miracles that God has done in my life in order to dispel doubts floating around in my head during a time of waiting. I first remembered how the Lord led someone very close to me to offer funds to retain Dr McAfee’s services in starting the JP Knights Project. When Dr McAfee told me the amount that was needed to begin, I didn’t know where the money would come from, but God performed a miracle, and the funds were procured in a manner I would never have imagined!
The way that The Harvester Chronicles: JP Knights got to a publisher is another miracle. I don’t even know how Redemption Press publisher, Athena Dean Holtz, got my email, but there was her request for me to send her my manuscript, and before long Redemption Press was publishing my book.
Then, Redemption Press forged a relationship with film director, Kevin McAfee. That program only lasted a short time, but it was long enough for me to jump at the opportunity to have my story go to film.
So…do I lose hope now? No. The God of Miracles is still in charge! Even though the way seems unknown right now, I continue to seek God’s path and pray for His leading, believing that His timing, His work, His miracles are about to happen! We know that spiritual warfare is real, and the enemy delights in us forgetting who God is – a miracle worker!
What is your struggle right now? Is Covid impacting your work, your school, your activities? Has someone else’s sin threatened to destroy you? Has a friend turned on you? David and others in the Bible claimed ‘the battle is the Lord’s’. Are you trying to fight on your own? Remember the miracles in your life, and turn the battle over to the Lord!
Dr. Beth Lambert is a Pediatrician and Medical Director in Pennsylvania. JP Knights is the first film from her books.
Kevin & Lynn McAfee along with Jim and Rachel Gromer met to begin the script writing process for JP KNIGHTS the movie. Thanks for praying for the entire team!
Dr. McAfee and the team of GRP with Stephanie Musser met with city fathers in Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn to discuss strategies for shooting in Johnstown.