And the Wait Begins …

It’s the season for waiting… Waiting for Thanksgiving, Day-after-Thanksgiving Shopping, Christmas…

But for writers, we have a different kind of waiting. Many of us have recently returned from writing conferences full of good news that proposal / chapters / full manuscripts have been requested. We’ve spent days, weeks, months perfecting our works so that the agents / editors see us at our absolute best.

Then we hit SEND–

I hit SEND last Thursday. Four times.

Now the wait begins…

Once I received a response the very next day. Another time, it took a year. The point is, there’s no sense in fretting about the wait. Chances are, I’ll be waiting a long time.

If you’ve clicked that SEND button, now’s the time to move on. Write something new. Edit something you’ve already written. Read a novel, or a book about writing a novel. Maybe you’ve got a house that’s been neglected–or your family. Maybe you’ve been wanting to volunteer more.

This period of waiting is a gift. It’s a time to serve, a time for worship, a time to draw closer to God.

And when the time is right, you’ll receive your answer.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
                                        Psalm 27:14

 

4 thoughts on “And the Wait Begins …

  1. Oh how I hate waiting. And on bated breath. Checking my email every fifteen minutes. Praying I didn’t miss an important call.

    And I haven’t even hit the send button yet. 🙂

    • Dawn – It gets even worse after you hit the Send button! I really try not to check my e-mail constantly, but all it takes is one little click & I’m there.

      You’ll have to let me know when you hit “Send” so I can rejoice and wait with you.

    • Thank you, Regina. 🙂

      No, waiting is not fun! But I love how John Waller’s song puts waiting into the proper perspective. 🙂 We need to look at the *waiting* period as a blessing, not a punishment.

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