Last night I had my second speaking engagement and it went so well! The whole process of me receiving this opportunity was so unexpected that I can’t help but see God’s hand in it. While I was unemployed last year I worked filing individual tax returns during the tax season. One day a client came in to sign off on his paperwork. He was not my client but my coworker’s client, however because my coworker was unavailable I handled the sign off. Although this should have been a simple task, things did not run so smoothly. There were a few errors that needed fixing and I had to speak with management to correct them. This caused a few trips to the back room, getting on the phone with management and working feverishly to fix the issue. I was so worried the client would think I was the cause of the error and that I was unprofessional. Instead he was laid back and very pleasant. He made small talk and asked me what I did professionally in the off season. Well, since I was unemployed I didn’t want to mention that aspect of my life so instead I said off handedly, “Oh, I’m a local author”, to which his eyes lit up! Turns out he was a higher up at a local library and they featured local authors in the library! He asked for my book but I had just sold out at my first speaking engagement (thank You Lord). Instead I took his card and agreed to contact his assistant. Fast forward one year later and I found myself walking into a library that has my picture in the lobby on an easel along with 3 other stellar individuals, a shelf with a row of my book so that readers could “check it out” and a podium and mic set up on stage. Oh yea and a parking spot that said “Reserved for speaker”. “Wow!” I thought. “Where is God taking us?!” (I was referring to both myself and my mom who was faithfully by my side.) Mom had mentioned she was praying for the event and hoped for a large crowd. While we definitely had a good group, it was not the large crowd she desired. I know to her and others there were just a few individuals present but to my eyes the room was full. It was full of His glory, His purpose and maybe even a few angels.
Last night I met a guest who shared some personal challenges he was having in this season. I knew that even if no one else showed up, I was there for him. The evening was such a blessing as I got to share my testimony of the pain I faced and how God met me in that pain. I then shared on what I’ve been learning in becoming a healthy single and looking for a healthy dating relationship. I was so encouraged and inspired by this open door that I sailed home that night on a cloud and woke up this morning with a smile😊.
4 years ago I started this little blog not knowing it would eventually lead to me becoming a published author. Now a business is developing and income is being received. Speaking engagements are being booked and skype calls are being made and I am just trying to keep up. It truly is exceedingly abundantly more than I could have thought of. So even if there are just a few present, those few matter to God. I firmly believe that if we are faithful over a few He will make us rulers over much. He will give the increase. All we have to do is be faithful and keep moving forward. Even Christ Himself practiced this protocol. Because He was faithful with just 12 the gospel has now spread to most of the world over thousands of years.
And He only lived until the age of 33.
Imagine what He could do through you in your lifetime!