God and Your Work
by JOHN DE SILVA
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Story telling is a great exercise. But one must bear in mind the essentials – informative, interesting and with a touch of humor. In my view, story telling must not have room for malice; that touch of malice changes the story.
Many are the stories that roam the mind. There are some stuck in corners. They are of assorted subjects – from my experiences at sea, of the characters I have met in life and those I have met and associated from my days in school.
Those who have been enthralled by my experiences have urged me to put them down in a book. Having listened to some of my stories, my wife and some of the friends have repeatedly urged me to put everything in a nutshell and write a book.
However nothing comes easy, especially writing stories. It did take some time for me to decide and finally embark on that great venture of writing. The story is of non-fiction genre, and was a memoir. When writing, I maintained candor, included scriptures at relevant areas. I did not have any notes written down, where I would have referred to. Due to the absence of such notes I had to reminisce first and then and prepare short notes.
My writing career began around May 29, 2007. However, writing at home was a very sluggish process. I joined a ship on June 23, 2007. While sailing, I did most of the writing of my first book.
I found that I was in the best conditions for writing: When the ship was at sea, under good weather conditions the thoughts flowed...Besides writing, I also spent time – about twenty to thirty minutes in the evening each day, on meditation and prayers. During my prayers, I prayed to God that, although I write this book I do not know how to get about with the rest of the work such as: editing, printing and publishing etc…
One day, whilst at prayers, I had this message from God: “You write the book, I will take care of the rest”. I was confused at the beginning – puzzled. Could it be my own mind talking! No, the message was very clear; it was repeated until the feeling of despair left me and mystical feeling settled in my mind.
I completed my contract on the ship and returned home around September 28, 2006. Few days into my leave, one morning around 7.00 O’clock, my mobile phone rang. By the time I reached the phone the ringing had been stopped, and the line had disconnected. I picked up the phone, and from the C.L.I., I learnt that I had just missed an international call. I told my wife about the call, and she said that, my friend from Canada called a few times when I was away. Surely it must have been the same person, I told myself.
I did not waste any time and called my friend immediately. He answered the phone and was happy to hear my voice. I inquired if he called me few minutes ago? He said that he had called me a few times earlier, and I was not available. However he said that this time it was not his call. During our conversation, I told him that, I wrote a book and it is in the manuscript form as yet. I do not know anyone who could help me on the rest of the work… to publish the same. He said, ”You have nothing to worry. I will help you on the matter.”
He then gave me the telephone number for a person who happened to be a Senior Editor of a news paper.
A little while later my friend called me back and said that he has already spoken to the person concerned and had briefed him on my requirement, and that he is willing to help me and was waiting for me to call him
I called him after few minutes and he said that he would meet me soon to discuss how we ought to embark on the publishing work. Subsequently, I was introduced to a publisher, retired editor of a news paper and also to some authoritative persons in the field of literature.
The telephone call: I consider it to be an encounter with Holy Spirit. It was God’s call and God helped me to edit, print and publish the book, “Through Deep Waters”!
The manuscript was edited and the book was published without any problem. Because of the help of many people in the literary field I spent very little money for editing, printing and publishing the book.
“Don’t be afraid; just believe.
I thank and praise God for helping me. Believe me without him this would not have been possible.
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