“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.