And now…the rest of the story

            Paul Harvey passed away in 2009, but he was famous for his velvety voice and uncanny ability to give the backstory about people, things, and events- well-known or otherwise.  His popular radio program, “The Rest of the Story,” aired for more than three decades, and although I’ve never heard a broadcast, my dad would often say “and now for the rest of the story,” when he wanted to inform my family about some curious piece of information.

            In June, I revealed that I desired to self-publish my novels, but I wanted to know God’s direction.  At the end of that blog, I left you hanging.  So, now I continue the story.  After praying for confirmation about the way to go, my husband told me, later in the day, that I had signed up for Kindle Direct Publishing- which is Amazon’s self-publishing division.

            How had that happened,  I wondered.  Earlier in the day, our teenage son, Joshua, asked to borrow my laptop computer.  He wanted to get on Amazon to do some research about a product he was looking to buy.  So, I logged him in and off he went.

            I had been on the Kindle Direct Publishing site, at some point in the week prior, to look at the details of using their service.  The only thing I can think of is that Joshua somehow signed me up by accident.  When I asked Joshua how it happened, he said, “I still don’t know.  Maybe Dad signed you up?”  He doesn’t recall doing anything that would have enrolled me.

            I conclude that it was Divine Providence.  This isn’t the first time God has intervened with direction and loving kindness.  When I was hunting for a teaching job, about to graduate mid-semester, a few days after fervently praying for an answer for guidance, a former classmate, Jeni Phelps, called me to interview for a position that led to a job, a church family, and a wonderful husband. 

            On Easter Day, March 2005, God gave me the most special gift- a beautiful baby boy delivered on my favorite day of the year by Dr. Saint (yes, that really was the doctor’s name).

            Radio host, Paul Harvey, had providential moments, too.  One was being steered towards a little country church on a hilltop on Arizona where he got baptized in front of a dozen or so worshippers, and his wife of sixty-seven years- whom he liked to call Angel.

            God is an incredible friend.  He says in the book of Proverbs, “do not lean on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  If you pray and commit your ways to Him, He will lead.  And now, friends, you know (pause) the rest of the story.

Image by Dariusz Sankowski from Pixabay



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