In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26)
I hastened to the prayer room. I had a few minutes before my first publisher appointment and I needed time on my knees before my Savior. But first I wanted to find my name. The leaders of She Speaks had printed out the Names of God, and after praying over each attendee they placed each of our names beside one of the Names of God. I quickly scanned the sheets with the tiny white slips of paper taped to each one. I felt a sinking feeling as I searched in vain for my name. Had they forgotten me? Then it caught my eye. On the final sheet I saw the itsy-bitsy slip with “Cheryl Luke” written on it. I thought, “Oh, they misspelled my name.” “No worries….”
My Spirit soared as I read:
EL: The Strong One. He is more powerful than any false God. “God will overcome all obstacles.” “We can depend on God.”
Yes! I was presenting a book proposal, a memoir of my personal experience with spiritual warfare. Not exactly a “safe” topic. But I did not need to fear. God is ALL powerful. As an “unknown” I was feeling intimidated. Yet it said,” God will overcome all obstacles.” I am inexperienced. Yet it said, “I could depend of God.” Getting my book published was not dependent on me!
I fell on my knees before the cross. I gave my book proposal to Him. I lifted my hands to the heavens as I sang in my heart “nothing in my hands I bring”. I clung to the base of the cross as I sang, “simply to thy cross I cling.”
The first appointment went well and they at least took my proposal for consideration.
A couple of hours later you can imagine my shock when I met a dear lady named, “Cheryl Luke”. Well, even if that was not my name beside “El” I knew in God’s providence it was meant for me at that time.
Before my second publisher appointment the next morning, I once again entered the prayer room. I needed more time on my knees but thought I would search for my name again first. That’s when I saw it. Cheryl LUTZ. It was taped to the sheet, Jehovah Tsidkenu. The Lord our righteousness. “Jesus is the King who would come from David’s line, and He is the One who imparts His righteousness to us.”
I am so unworthy, but “He imparts His righteousness to me”. I could walk into my next appointment covered by His righteousness. “Hallelujah, what a savior!”
The next couple of appointments went well. Many of you have asked if I found a publisher. Not yet. Please pray that I will “keep my eyes fixed on Him,” and that I would walk in obedience as I wait upon Him to reveal His perfect will.
*Coming Soon: The Last Big Wave: Part 2