Dear Stephanie, Amanda, Hannah, Erica, Gretchen, Jessica, Annika, and Aidan,
You’re probably wondering why I gave you a little block covered with book covers on four sides for Christmas. Or, maybe not. I will tell you about it, anyway!
The four book covers represent a lot of work, prayer, advice and help from others, and maybe even a little bit of luck thrown in, too. Suzy, your aunt/mom and I (your aunt/mom) wrote these four books, as you probably know! Two of them you have in your homes (Sophie’s Quest and Lost Crown of Apollo), and one is on its way in the next couple of weeks (Willard the Dragon: Sneeze-Fire–Congratulations, Suzy!).
Sadly, the last one, Luna Crane, Papa Plane, was going to be a book, but I just found out that the big company that bought the little company that had promised to publish Luna (signed contract and all), did not take Luna the lost whooping crane for the ride and she will not fly to Florida after all. Sigh.
I want you to have these book covers near at hand in a form that you can play with while you study, or look at from time to time when you find it in the bottom of your toy box or under the dresser. I want you to have it because I want you to remember what God says in Jeremiah 29:11 (and the verses right after that). I wrote Jer. 29:11 on one side of the cube to help you remember this:
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’
These words from God are important to me and to Suzy, because writing and publishing these books has been anything but a straight line. It has been a road full of pot holes and zigzags and u-turns, like the one Luna Crane, Papa Plane is facing now. Even the book cover for Willard the Dragon won’t look like the one on your block, because in the last few weeks, since I made the block, the cover changed completely!
Delays and disappointments make me sad like anyone else, but I have learned through this process that God’s plans are best, and he has the entire picture in his mind, not just the tiny scene I can see at the moment. I Believe (like I wrote on the 6th side of your block) that I can follow God and trust him completely to work out HIS plans and not MY plans, and that gives me great joy and peace, and it is what I pray for each of you. It always turns out better in some way than anything I could have come up with on my own!
I don’t know what your roads ahead will look like, or what pot holes and zigzags and u-turns you’ll have to navigate, but I do know that you can believe and trust and follow the one who knows you best and loves you most. He is there for you!