Waiting… Not for the Faint of Heart — Linda Shenton Matchett
Today I’m happy to welcome author Linda Shenton Matchett as she shares about her new release, Love’s Harvest, and some lessons she’s been learning.
As I write this I’m sitting in the car by the bay with my dog. It’s a warm, sunny day, but I’m having trouble concentrating on the beauty because the reason we’re here is that prospective buyers are looking at my house. For the second time.
My thoughts are swirling. Will they make us an offer? If so, when? Will it be acceptable? Will we be able to find an affordable house we like? Will we be able to get everything packed up in time to relocate? Will we find a mover?
Do you see how quickly my mind skipped to the end? That happens with me a lot. I get so focused on the destination that I fail to experience the journey, to learn from the waiting.
Our home has been on the market for just under ten months. Fortunately, I’ve been so busy with my day job and my writing career, I haven’t had time to obsess about the house. But school (where I work) is winding down, and I don’t have as many deadlines, so now I have time to indulge in worrying. 🙂
Are you like me? Do you run ahead of God and beckon for him to catch up? Do you complain about your current situation? Do you fret because something isn’t fixed or doesn’t happen when you think it should? Because of my personal struggle with worry and impatience, I like to explore those themes in my writing.
Love’s Harvest is a modern retelling of the book of Ruth, a story filled with waiting. First, there is a famine that sends Naomi’s family to another country. How patient were they waiting until they could go home? Then Naomi’s husband and boys pass away. How patient was she in looking for a solution? Then she and Ruth return to Israel, but there is more waiting while the women figure out how to support themselves. Then there is the whole scheme in getting Boaz to marry Ruth, and the ladies again had to wait while Boaz worked out all the kinks to the situation. But in the end, God was glorified, and Ruth and Naomi found joy.
My prayer for you is that you will learn to rest in God’s will and His timing, knowing everything will work out for the best, even if it’s a best you don’t understand.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
About her book:
Noreen Hirsch loses everything including her husband and two sons. Then her adopted country goes to war with her homeland. Has God abandoned her?
Rosa Hirsch barely adjusts to being a bride before she is widowed. She gives up her citizenship to accompany her mother-in-law to her home country. Can Rosa find acceptance among strangers who hate her belligerent nation?
Basil Quincey is rich beyond his wildest dreams, but loneliness stalks him. Can he find a woman who loves him and not his money?
Three people. One God who can raise hope from the ashes of despair.
Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places most of her life. A member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters In Crime, Linda is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of World War II, and a trustee for her local public library. Receive a free book Devotions from a Writer when you sign up for her newsletter: http://lindashentonmatchett.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=d17baf6b86956d1e6c82ecc6d&id=0680bc17a9
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