Tuesday, June 1, 2010
God's Promises to Writers Series
Boy, it’s hard to wait. You send something in to a house or agency and wait. Editors and agents all have piles of manuscripts to look through. Current authors to tend to. Their own to-do lists. (whispering) I think God’s onto me. He knows I don’t like waiting. Therefore, I get to practice often. *grin*
Anytime we put our work out there and have to wait for a response we face temptation to worry what they'll say, whether it's an editor, a crit partner or Grandma Harriett! Happens over and over again at McCrit. There are just some chapters I'm more confident about sharing. Anybody out there know what I'm talking about?
Or, what about contest results? I can hear the sighs going up all over cyber space. The first time I entered a contest, I finaled! But I didn’t win. The next time I entered the same contest I didn’t even final. Ugh! Painful!
I wonder, what is God doing with all this waiting? Why do I have to wait so long for a “breakthrough?”
Here’s God’s answer:
And then God answered: "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what's coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time. (Habakkuk 2:2, MSG)
God has called us to write. He has probably given you a vision for your writing career, your writing life. Dreams to chase. Adventures to enjoy.
So, our attitude should be (note to self) the vision is coming to pass. God is bringing it. I can trust His timing. He has good plans for me, for my writing and for my career.
And for the writers who are reading this who don’t yet have a specific vision, I believe God will show you as you seek Him. Ask Him to put His desires in you—the desires He has for your writing career. Then, when He shows you (either through a dream, or a conversation, or His Word, or your mentor’s words) write it down. Trust Him to bring it.
God is all over the vision He has for your writing. He watches over His Word to perform it. (see Jeremiah 1:12) Hang in there while He brings the vision nearer. The realization of His vision is another promise to His writers.