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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Employment (01/26/12)

TITLE: God's Megaphone
By Rosamund Bunney
01/31/12


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Sometimes God has to shout at me through a megaphone to get my attention, but I had to laugh at His methods this week. I had felt sure, for some time, confirmed by a number of other people, that He was telling me to resign my job and write full time. I had no idea how I would live, or whether I could make a success of it. Having already published two books and numerous magazine articles, I was already underway but still, to give up work and follow my dream was a big step and I had to be sure it was the right one.

I was given a gentle push – well no, actually, a hefty shove – in the form of redundancy from work. Forty job applications later I was no nearer to finding a new job. Someone whose book I am currently editing rang me to pray with me about my job. Half way through the prayer, he broke off and said, “The reason you haven’t found a job is that you aren’t meant to be working, you’re meant to be writing. God has given you a book to write and you already know what it is, and you’re just meant to be writing and trusting Him to provide for you.”

I was amazed, since he had no idea that two months earlier I had felt God was calling me to write a book based on John chapter four, had given me an outline, and I had written the first five thousand words. And so I stopped looking for work and wrote another thirty thousand words of the book.

On Wednesday this week I received a phonecall from the publisher of my first book – a school textbook. By the end of the call, I had agreed a deal for three more books and two dozen articles. It seemed God was certainly confirming that I was on the right path. Having been a part-time school teacher for many years, much of the material I needed for writing these books was contained in revision guides I had written, which were stored on the system at my old school. I contacted the Principal and asked to be allowed to retrieve the material I had written.

To my astonishment he replied on Saturday morning claiming that anything I had written during my time of employment at the school was copyright to them, and not only would they not allow me to access the revision guides which I had written, they would be seeking to claim back from me all the royalties I had been paid for my first book. As I pondered how to reply to this, it occurred to me that during my part-time working hours, all I had written was lesson plans and material. These revision books were written in my own unpaid time at home, and therefore I believe I own the copyright.

The dispute is yet to be settled – both my former employer and I are taking legal advice, and I am hoping that we can soon reach an amicable agreement. On the face of it, my livelihood may be about to be stolen from me, and I ought to be worried. But I’m not. If God has called me to do this work, I can trust Him to provide for me. So I went peacefully to bed on Saturday night, and that was when God took out His megaphone and made sure that I heard Him. I switched on the radio as I got into bed and it was in the middle of a hymn. The words I heard were,

“Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee.”


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Camille (C D) Swanson 02/02/12
Wow! First of all -Congratulations on your books and your writing! I am so happy for you. God is amazing isn't He? He knows what we are to do - at all times, He guides and pushes and prods...Until we finally get it!

Second, this is a beautiful story, on topic and well written. I pray that your circumstances will be ironed out - and culminate into an amicable fashion for all parties concerned.

God Bless you - I will keep you in my prayers.

Hiram Claudio02/02/12
Your testimony is an inspiration to all of us called by God to write. I applaud your faith to not only hear His voice but to listen and follow it. Congrats on the book and article deal and thanks for the encouragement. This story blessed me very much!
Leola Ogle 02/02/12
I agree with Hiram-this is such an encouragement to the rest of us...and it was well written and an easy read. Congratulations on your published writings AND prayers for your current situation! God bless!
Theresa Santy 02/04/12
Truly astonishing, so much so, that I wish you could enter this same piece again for this week's challenge.

You're faith is inspiring, and this story was a joy to read.

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/08/12
Wow this is a powerful story. God does amazing things for sure.
annie keys02/09/12
CONGRATULATIONS! Great job!
Hiram Claudio02/09/12
Well done and congrats on the 3rd place finish!
Rosamund Bunney02/09/12
Thank you so much for your kind comments. To everyone who's wondering, the principal offered me the chance to buy back the copyright for £500 (about $788). I rejected his offer and reasserted my ownership, very politely but firmly. He at once capitulated and said he will copy my whole user area on the school system onto a CD-ROM and mail it to me, together with a written renunciation of his claim to the copyright. Isn't God just amazing!
Linda Goergen02/09/12
Congratulations on a well deserved win! Indeed what an encouragement and faith builder this read was. And your statement of how God handled it all had me praising God! Thank you for a testimony that was such a blessing to read!!
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/10/12
Congrats. God Bless~