Usually, when I pursue a new book venture, I don't have my graphic artist design my cover, until my book is in the editing process. A few months ago, as I searched for the right butterfly image, I never found what I was looking for so I decided to consider other options. The problem is that I didn't know how to best reflect the primary message of my book.
In the meanwhile, there was a deadline looming overhead. Time was running out. I needed my book cover completed fast! Yet, I was stuck and had no idea what to do. As the clock ticked quickly and my deadline past by, I began to panic. Okay, I will be honest, I started to flip out. Yes, what began as an old fashioned hissy fit turned into a full blown afternoon meltdown!
With wet tears pouring down my face, I sat at my computer feeling utterly defeated. Every single time that I searched stock images, I hadn't found anything that caught my eye. Zero! How could this be? How could an author spend nine months writing their book and not know what image is best for their design?
In frustration, I sensed God calling me to be alone in my bedroom where I could pray and simply be still. So I left my desk, headed on up to my room, and I couldn't stop the tears from falling. I think what had me upset the most is that I didn't meet my deadline for my book, which meant my launch date would be postponed.
It's kinda like being pregnant for nine solid months and excited to give birth to your precious baby, but something goes wrong and you must wait longer. Similar to most expectant moms, I just wanted to birth this baby (my book) and be done! Despite my lack of patience, I had come to grips with the fact that I needed wisdom and divine intervention to answer my prayers.
So there I was in the middle of my afternoon meltdown when I began praying, journaling, and asking God for real solutions to my challenges. I cried out for Him to give me clarity, discernment, wisdom, and favor. Following my journal entry, I caught up on my homework for my women's Bible study in The Grave Robbers by Mark Batterson. Interestingly enough, the assignment stated that I needed to go beyond prayer and to take action. I felt as if Jesus was telling me to go search for more stock images, until I find the right one. It was up to me to do the leg work and I needed to be obedient by listening to Him.
Taking heed, I returned to my computer and started looking at various images on iStock Photo. As I scrolled down a bunch of stock images, I found a list of words that were themes so I clicked on one of them and was redirected to a new page. Slowly, I studied each picture, until one jumped out at me.
It was the back of a woman who had a dandelion in her hands and she was playfully blowing on it. I wanted to know what dandelions symbolized so from there I started researching it when I came across a website that stated dandelions mean clarity, new beginnings, growth, healing, joy, spirit/soul, and resurgence. Oh my gosh, this was fascinating! The meaning lined up perfectly with the message in my book!
In awe, I knew beyond a shadow of doubt, God handpicked my book image for me. This was a supernatural miracle and answer to pray! Once again, the Lord has been so very faithful and He showers me with His blessings. I may not always understand why things happen the way they do, such as having a difficult time finding the right book design, but I do know that we have a mighty powerful God who works in mysterious ways to bless His children beyond measure.
The beautiful image you see up above in this blog is the one God led me to. Currently, I'm preparing for my book release for the end of this month. As soon as I have the exact date, I will announce it. Stay tuned!