Last week our local paper printed a story about me. I met with Maggie and Lewis just a few days before the article came out. They were so nice and it was fun having company! My little studio rarely hosts real people. It is mostly made up of little cartoons that sometimes run a muck! As fun at that is, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Maggie and Lewis. My grandson Henry sat amazingly well for a three-year old as I read him the story with the promise from his mommy that he would be getting fruit snacks if he was good! (another story behind a story!”
The story Maggie wrote was nice. It was a smattering of facts crunched into a newspaper article. Considering the amount of things I told her, she did well! Ha!
After reading the article in Sunday's paper I realized there were pieces missing. The missing pieces are big in my heart so I decided to write this story.
My book,"Peepsqueak" arrived at my door right after Christmas. It was the culmination of all my hard work. There it sat in a brown box in my living room. I opened the box and the brightly colored covers sang out! "Hooray!"
I felt overwhelmed!!
Whenever I have times like these I go for a walk and have a talk with God! You see, He is my best friend. Without Him, none of this would even have been possible. Yes, my wonderful agent worked hard, my awesome friends at Harper Collins worked hard, I worked hard, but I believe it was God who orchestrated the entire effort.
On my walk, I reflected on my story...
Peepsqueak is a tiny chick with a big dream to fly HIGH!! Everyone tells him he too small to fly HIGH. Throughout the story Peepsqueak tries jumping off everything in sight to fly HIGH.... the results were all the same, he falls to the ground. All at once a big old gray goose comes to him saying, "Who says you can't fly high?"
Old Gray Goose takes Peepsqueak on his back and up UP UP they go!
As I reflected on the story I had an epiphany! I wanted to be a successful artist for years. I had also jumped many times only to find myself sitting on the ground. I had some who doubted me, most artists do. (It is not your regular 9 to 5 job).
Suddenly, I said to God, "Father! I AM PEEPSQUEAK!"
Just as fast as I said those words, I heard in my heart a deep voice saying back to me, "AND I AM THE OLD GRAY GOOSE!"
I nearly fell over... and yes, I DID cry! I LOVE my Old Gray Goose!
The path we walk through this life is often clouded with hard times. I cannot explain the way the Lord works, but I do know this, if you make Jesus your best friend you will never again be without purpose or lost in despair. He will be your best friend and He can do the impossible.
There are many things in this lifetime that seem impossible, I have been through many, but my best friend has taken me through. I am thankful!
Like Peepsqueak, I am off on a new adventure. Each day is brand new and full of possibilities! I keep my heart open and put my hand in the hand of the ONE who takes such good care of me.