When you jump out on faith and do something you feel called to do, it can be scary. Self doubt can penetrate your confidence like a knife going through softened butter. However, if you ask for signs of confirmation, you can find them in the simplest places.
Hub, aka "Aquaman", and I just got back from a book signing adventure to one of our favorite places on earth. 30A in Florida is a little taste of heaven. We feel relaxed there. We are reminded of how big our God is and how small we really are when we look out at the Gulf of Mexico. The sunsets are therapy for our souls. I've never worked while on this highway, but found that it didn't feel like work at all. Any fear that I felt was washed away by assurances that were put in front of me. I just had to open my eyes and see them.
Upon our arrival, I did a quick check in at Hidden Lantern Bookstore to let them know I would see them the following afternoon. The owner who booked me for the signing wasn't there, but I got to chat with one of her associates. This precious lady had adoption in her family twice, and she told me the sweetest stories after learning my first book was about my adoption.
I bumped into one of my oldest man-boy's best friends at breakfast the next morning. Steadman is a guy that can make anyone feel a little happier with his hugs. He lives in the area, but I had no idea that we were going to get to see him on this trip. We had a quick catch up that made my day, and he told me he'd been enjoying my blogs. What a nice surprise! I don't think my man-boys even read my blogs.
Later at Sundog Books, I met a lady who shared my passion for anti-bullying, which is the theme of my book, "I'm Not Weird, I'm Wonderful". She was also a former teacher and filled me with encouragement to keep up the good work.
That afternoon, I met a man at Hidden Lantern who has lived his life in a wheelchair with cystic fibrosis. He had recently gotten a device that allowed him to speak through a computer using his eyes. He shared with me the beginnings of a book he's writing about his life. I gave him a "I'm Not Weird, I'm Wonderful" decal, and his smile beamed as if he'd won the lottery. Hub and he exchanged jabs about Saints and Cowboys football, and he made us laugh with funny stories about his dad. What a blessing.
These were just a few of the divine clues I received to confirm that I am on the right path. I don't know what's ahead of me, but I will continue to learn and work with what I've been given. If you're struggling with a life change, I encourage you to pray for clarity. It will be given if you just open your eyes and look.
Here are a few of our pics from the trip. Share any of your confirmation stories with me at bethroperstewart.com It's free to subscribe, and I'd love to hear them!