Are We There Yet? – How To Be Patient While Waiting

Every parent can tell you the dreaded vacation question that pops up after five minutes into an eight hour drive.

“Are we there yet?”

Yes, I have answered that question a gazillion times in my life time. And I get annoyed sometimes, but how many times have I asked God that same question?

Are we there yet, God? When am I going to win a contest, get an agent, land a contract, making enough money to quit my day job?

There are a million questions us writers ask. As for patience, sometimes we are running a bit low. Waiting for a response from an editor, agent or contest can be nerve wracking to say the least.

So, how do we cope? Chocolate. Caffeine. Obsessive email checking. I see that sheepish grin. I cope that way too sometimes.

This shouldn’t be the time when we are all fidgety and wondering if our work was good enough. We did our part before hitting send. Now it is in God’s hands and here is what he has to say about it.

Psalm 46: 10 – 11 (NIV)

“Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations

I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty

is with us; the God of Jacob is our Fortress. Selah.”

 You’ve heard this verse before, but did you know that the words ‘Be still’ in the Hebrew is raphah which means to be weak, or let drop? This verse is a contrast of our weakness and God’s strength.

So, essentially while we wait, we are to be weak or let go of our efforts to do something ourselves because then God will show his mighty power.

Drop everything you are waiting for and let God do the work. After all of the effort we put in to submit our work and learn the craft of writing, in the end it is still God that is exalted in our weakness because then His strength is known.

Today let’s drop our cares at God’s feet  and let Him do the work in our lives. What verses or songs help you to remember that God is in control? 

*There is a fabulous article on this in the Christian Courier  if you would like to read more about it.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Are We There Yet? – How To Be Patient While Waiting

  1. stacymm says:

    Just what I needed to hear, Michelle. And thanks for the link – great article.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks, Stacy! I’m so glad it encouraged you.

  3. Psalm 46:10 is my favor verse for waiting. And Psalm 37:4 is my favorite verse to remind me He will bring it to pass!
    Oh, and that “Are we there yet?” I always told the kids, “Five more minutes.” No mater where we were.

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    Both of those are great verses, Pat! Thanks for sharing them.

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