A celebrity was coming to our town. Terry Kay - the writer who was named a 2012 Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association (GWA), was scheduled to speak and host a book signing just minutes from my house. The Forsyth County Public Library and LiteracyForsyth teamed up to feature Kay's book, "To Dance with the White Dog," as part of this year's Forsyth Reads Together program.
What a fantastic opportunity to meet an award-winning author! Kay's website further reinforced my decision to attend, "A celebrated Georgia writer, Kay was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame in 2006. He has also received the Townsend Award, the Lindberg Award, the Appalachian Heritage Award, and in 2009 was selected for the Governor's Award in the Humanities. Three of his novels - "To Dance with the White Dog," "The Runaway" and "The Valley of Light" - have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies."
I turned into the crowded parking lot. After buying a copy of "To Dance with the White Dog," I found a seat among the couple hundred people who were in attendance. Terry Kay would speak following a brief reception. For a man who never intended to write a book, his career as an author has been prolific.
I was more than willing to stand in the long line to have Mr. Kay sign the book I had purchased. And I was richly rewarded. A true Southern gentleman, somehow he knew I was a fellow writer. As I read the inscription in my book, I couldn't help but smile, "For Maria Morgan - A maker of words - Terry Kay."
Although the opportunity to meet such a well-known author doesn't come along often, I was reminded of all the occasions I have to meet with another Author. The divine Author - the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). On a daily basis, He invites me into His presence.
His words are clear, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus," (Philippians 4:6-7; KJV).
He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, and yet He still has time for me. He bids me to come boldly into His presence (Hebrews 4:16). This Creator of the universe, loves me unconditionally and has a plan for my life(Romans 5:8; Romans 8:29).
Are you acquainted with this Author? You don't need to schedule an appointment, or wait for Him to visit your town, You can get to know Him today (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10; 10:13). What step will you take to develop a relationship with Him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity to know You and to share my burdens and requests with You. Help me not to take it for granted. Draw me closer to You today. In Jesus' name, Amen.