Jim Rubart, keynote speaker at the Spokane writer’s conference, challenged us: “What’s your flip?
The amazing part of his talk last Saturday morning was how God orchestrated it for me. Of course, everyone else in that room would say the same thing, too.
Jim asked us what cliff we were prepared to flip off, as he did and were we willing to take a chance for the Lord.
My flip occurred at 2:25 that afternoon.
I’d had months to prepare my workshop and months to prepare my fears. Fainting was not an option. When I first heard my class was scheduled for later in the day, I was not happy at all. Too much time to worry. But God had other plans. He brought person after person to my side to encourage me. People I had never met before took a moment in their day and prayed with me.
Yes, God took care of all the details.
At 2:23, I made one last trip to the restroom and then made my way to the front of the classroom.
But this story isn’t about me. It’s a story about how God can knock on your heart time again until finally you answer his call. I’d turned him down before; I wasn’t going to now.
I pulled out my folder and adjusted it on the podium. Twenty five sets of eyes met mine. A deep breath and I began.
My talk? How to use your emotions to write a selling story. Unfortunately my emotions weren’t cooperating. My voice shook. I paused several more times until finally, I felt it happen. The connection with those who’d come to hear me speak and support my efforts.
So I didn’t faint and by the time I finished my talk, I had accomplished what God had been asking me to do. I shared what I knew.
We don’t always get second chances in life to leap, I’m grateful I did. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I probably won’t seek out an opportunity but if that knock on my heart raps as loud as it did this time, I’ll hold my breath and leap into the air again.
Thank you Jim, for inspiring me. Thank you God for being faithful.
What’s your cliff?