Well, here goes.
After my initial rejection, I slipped into my organizational mode. That may sound good at first, but over the years, I figured out that sometimes organizing turns into procrastination for me. Are you ever like that, Dear Reader? Organize a challenging task to death in order to avoid actually doing it?
But it takes more than organization to get the job done, doesn't it, Dear Reader?
At first, it felt like rejections were coming in faster than submissions of Jubilee and the Stinky Fish were going out. One actually came within twenty minutes of me pressing send. Ouch!
For a couple of weeks, it seemed like there was another rejection every time I checked my email. My brave was starting to wear thin. Fear was quickly taking its place. And that's just where Satan wants us.
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.”
Isaiah 41:13 RSV
When I got serious about taking the journey with Jubilee, I forgot to factor in a few things. I didn't think about how rejections might foster fear. I didn't realize how powerful that fear could become.
Have you ever noticed, Dear Reader, how isolating fear can be? It threatened to shove me back into my hermit's cave. I was convinced that I must face the battles of rejection and fear alone.
Praise God, He never intends that for anyone! And He made sure I got the message:
Have you ever launched an endeavor without considering all the factors, Dear Reader? How did you handle them when they did arise?
After some hesitation, I've begun checking my email again, knowing each time there may be another rejection. I've also resumed submitting Jubilee's story, factoring in a little fear, but leaning more on my faithful Father.
Dear Reader, where do you hope your journey will take you? Has it included unexpected bumps and bounty? My hope is that fear will not be a factor as you move closer and closer to your goal.