I’m excited because "COLLISION" is finally published! A journey I started a year and a half ago has led up to this day. May 18th, 2015 the day my world shattered with my leg, lead me to publication on July 27th, 2018 but through all the tears and pain and hardships, they mean something now. I want to share with you a journal entry I wrote when I was just 17.
“One day these events will become a story. I will read these words to others and they will know the glory of God. I will see how he used me, and I will be glad for it. But now I have to live that story, I have to experience these events and suffer through them. There is pain in suffering and happiness in rejoicing. I must go through both, but I trust in God.” 8/3/15.
God had gifted me even then with a glimpse of what the future might hold. I had no idea that I would fracture my leg once again after that. I had no idea that I would red-shirt my freshmen year of college, to be forced to watch the year pass by on the sideline. I had no idea that the pain would lead me to an idea, a small idea. I wrote the book I wanted to read. I forged this book with the experiences I have lived through. Yes, the journey was hard, harder than I could have ever imagined. But looking back, I know that it was worth it, and I would suffer the same fate again and again just to make a difference in another’s life. Today I see the reason why I had to go through what I did. Today I continue trusting God, just like I did in 2015. Today…today I start a new journey, one I must become Jessica L. Bishop, an author, to discover. Hello world, here I come.