Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Anxious? Me?

In counting down to conference, the ACFW loop has been focusing on 40 days of prayer. The other day, one came across that just slapped me upside the head. It's one of those verses most of us know by heart. It's repeated so often it's almost cliche. Yet the day Pam Meyers focused on Philippians 4:6, it was exactly what I needed to hear. Given Jenn's post on Saturday and Lindi's yesterday, I think it's worth repeating.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

How often do we let anxiety take over our lives? We worry about this and that, sometimes even worrying that we have nothing to worry about. I know I'm supposed to take everything before the Lord, but unfortunately, that's usually not my initial reaction. I have that knee-jerk panic reaction first. May even try to take matters into my own hands. Then suddenly, like a lightning bolt out of the sky, I think, "Oh yeah. I don't need to take this on. God can do it."

This holds true for our writing as well. Yesterday, Lindi talked about staring at a blank screen. The words would not come. We've all been there. Whether it's just getting the story out of our head or finding that missing piece that makes the story come together, God is right there with us. He's sitting right beside you, waiting for you to ask Him for help.

I remember Missy sharing her frustration over a story she'd been working on for a while and it just wasn't coming together. She'd reworked and rewritten. She'd eliminated and edited til she was blue in the face. At her wits end, and on an airplane of all places, she poured her heart out before the Lord--by prayer and supplication she let her request be made known.

A funny thing happened. Thoughts began to form. Ideas began to flow. And by the time the plane landed, she was frantically writing to get everything down before she had to leave.

As I think about the upcoming ACFW conference, I'm doing my best not to stress. I have a pitch to work on (Lord, You know I need help on that one), I have a story I may or may not need to finish. But through it all, I have vowed to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let my request be made known to God.

3 comments:

  1. Amen!

    And isn't it true, as for pitching, no matter how bad you flub it, or how perfect you land it, if the editor or agent is interested, he or she will ask for it - and if they're not, they won't.

    God's plan is already laid out. Let's try to remember He knows best.

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  2. I love that verse from Philippians--but often I overlook or forget it. Thanks for the reminder. It's hard not to be anxious, but if we believe in what we are reading, we can rest from anxiety--even if it's for a minute.(then our crazy head takes over and poof!!--we need to reread!)
    Thannks for sharing this.

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  3. I'm a born worrier. I'm also a control freak, which makes for a bad combination. (I bet I make God groan in frustration all the time!) So I'm right there with you, Mindy. Giving everything over to God is something we have to focus on and re-focus on. Daily. Maybe even minute-by-minute.

    An update on what I guess I should call my flight-plotted book: I'm nearing the end! I'm zooming toward the black moment. I love this part! It's so fun when I can see the big drama ahead. I have maybe 10k more words, then it'll be done. This is probably a record for me. It's a book in about 6 weeks. With my revisions, it'll probably be about 8 weeks. I'm so excited about it! :)God did provide.

    Missy

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