Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's Never Too Late by Dora Hiers

Dora Hiers
When it comes to time, I'm a firm believer that most people fall into two different categories:
those who are usually a few minutes early

That would be me. I'm the one sitting patiently at the airplane gate an hour before the plane is due to board. 

and those who are perpetually running late 

Hubby fits in this category. You know the type. He's the guy standing in the Starbucks line as the airline announces the last call for a boarding flight.

My sweet hubby
He doesn't just arrive late, he also includes some type of dramatic announcement of his presence, usually a booming, "Well, well, well." Those of us who like to keep a low profile, well, we've learned to adjust or duck our heads in embarrassment, just accepting his energetic personality as one of the things we love about him. Can you see that mischievous glint sparkling from his eyes? >

What about when it comes to our writing? 
Do you worry that you'll be too late in achieving your dream, of holding your story in your hands, of seeing your baby in print?

Maybe you crested the "hill" more years ago than you care to admit, and you've been knocking on the publishing door for decades. Hundreds of rejection letters are crammed into the deepest, darkest hole in your closet. Or maybe the agent you've been hoping to land has just turned you down for the fourth time. Wherever you're at, take hope in God's promise:
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
Eccl 3:1, NKJV

We've all endured traumatic events at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a divorce, a tragic accident, a serious illness, or the death of a loved one. Whatever the circumstances, it shattered our perspective, made us lose our grip on reality for a time. It's only later, when we look back, that we realize something good came out of it, that God weaved those painful threads into a glorious tapestry as only He can do. 

Trust Him with your writing dream. He has a purpose, a plan, and He will reveal all of it in His time.

You see, God's timing is always perfect, never too late and never too early. Rest in that, stop fretting, release the stress and worry over not being published back to Him, and leave it there.

No matter where you're at on your particular writing journey, take time to treasure the friendships He's placed in your path, to savor the actual gift of writing for writing's sake. Cherish Him because He is enough.

Where are you on your writing journey?
Do you worry about the timing?

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Dora Hiers is a multi-published author of Heart Racing, God-Gracing romances. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Treasurer for ACFW-Charlotte Chapter. Connect with her here on Seriously Write, her personal blog, TwitterFacebook or Pinterest.


  1. Wonderful post, Dora! You're so right. It's amazing how differently things look when you're on the other side, looking back.

    I love this line, "...savor the actual gift of writing for writing's sake." God's timing is perfect. Period.

    Thank you for reminding me of that.

    1. It's usually only when we arrive at the other side that we're even capable of looking back, right? I'm so glad this post spoke to you, dear friend. xxoo

  2. So I'm assuming you take separate cars to the airport? :)

    Yes, God's timing is everything. Sometimes I can get a little down, but I remind myself that only He knows where He wants me to go and what I can handle.

    1. lol, nope. I just try to get him started towards the Starbucks line a little quicker these days. :D

      And when you need a friend to vent, you can always meet up for coffee.

    2. Absolutely! A bright spot in my day. :)

  3. Great post, Dora. I have to remind myself that each stage of my writing is in God's hands. Wish I could say that I never whine and say, "but why God?"

    1. Thank you, Terri. You're so right. I can't imagine trying to travel this writing road without Him as my Guide. :)

  4. Hi Dora, sorry to be late here. Strep, then five days of grandbaby-sitting (awesome) after I got on my feet, and then helping MIL move (oh baby, we've barely made a dent in the unpacking) got me behind schedule... sometimes as YOU well know, it's hard to see the big picture, the purpose. Setbacks seem to scream my name but...through it all, I have found such terrific friendship in you, such unconditional, undeserved love that I keep on keepin' on LOL. Thank you, thank you. I thank God for you ...and the wonderful Angie Anrdt too. You ladies are the best-est. xoxox

    1. Oh, Tanya! You're such a sweetie! Thank you so much and we're so glad for your friendship, too. You're such a blessing. :)

    2. "God's timing is always perfect, never too late and never too early"...and a comment from a sweet friend is never late, either!

      Strep and a move? Yikes! That's dreadful, but I bet just the thought of 5 days of grandbaby-sitting helped cure that awful strep! lol. Love you, too, dear friend. Thanks for popping in. <3


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