Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Matter of Time

Christian writers still pursuing publication often hear the phrase God's timing. "It'll happen in God's timing." After years of hearing and saying that, it's easy to get discouraged. We're ready. Our stories are ready. So what's the problem? Has God just forgotten about me?

Take heart, God has definitely not forgotten about you. But God's timing isn't just about us. Why are we writing? Why do we want to be published? If our purpose is to touch others with our God-inspired words, then it makes sense that we may have to wait until it's their time. There may be one person in this world who needs to hear the message conveyed through your story. But if they're not ready to hear it, then what good is it?

Waiting is never easy. Especially in a culture where technology seems to be teaching us impatience. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) says "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Wait. And get ready to soar.


  1. Talk about timing. I think I needed to hear this today!!!

    Great post.

  2. LOL! God's timing, Lynn. God's timing.

  3. Such a great post, Mindy. I realized on my timing that I wouldn't have been ready. My family wouldn't have been ready, either. But boy, those 10+ years sure were loooooonggg. :)


  4. Your post reminded of Wendy Lawton's comments over at Seekerville today about the Impatient Writer. She says the industry right now is moving at a snail's pace and is getting slower every year.

    It's so hard to wait patiently for responses! I'm learning the best antidote for impatience is to keep writing, to plug away at the next project, and to work on improving.

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  6. Jody, I read Wendy's interview. She had some great info. And yes, hearing about how publishers are tightening their belts, cutting back on new author slots is discouraging. But I try not to focus on that too much. Regardless of the economy, when God's ready for us to sell, we'll sell. In the meantime, we just have to write the best we can so we'll be ready. Right?

  7. And look at you now, Missy. You're a multi-published author!

  8. Mindy -- good words today. I love that verse from Isaiah. I hope while we're waiting that we continue learning our craft, growing spiritually, and preparing ourselves for what God has in mind for us. And of course, having good writer buds to help us through and understand all the "voices in our heads!" HUGS!

  9. Mindy,
    Great post. (I love the pic, too!)
    We do sometimes wonder about the timing, but the big picture is far bigger than anything we can fathom.