A month ago, I was reveling in having submitted my manuscript of Jubilee and the Stinky Fish to the agent that I had been working with. It was a step in the right direction.
Or at least I thought it was.
Less than two weeks later I had a response from the agent: REJECTION. So much for the amazing expediency of technology.
I had a choice. And to be truthful, Dear Reader, for a minute I did wallow in self-pity. I even said to Tom that maybe I just needed to quit. My family would probably tell you that I tend to be a negative Nelly.
But God meets us where we are, and places His assurance within our grasp. It's you, Dear Reader, who made the difference! Your kind and encouraging comments have soothed my soul, and brightened my spirit.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 16:24 RSV
And everywhere I turned, you and the Lord were there! My sweet blogging friend, Crystal, spoke directly to my insecurities as a writer. If that wasn't enough, Lisa offered a challenge to speak up to those who have no voice. And Pastor Steven Furdick got all excited about not stopping short of a promise.
You gave me courage, Dear Reader! Research, prayer, and you, and then Jubilee and the Stinky Fish was off to new agents! This is quite an adventure, in more ways than one.
The adventure with Jubilee may or may not be about being published. Not knowing if, how, or when is an uncomfortable place to be. It's forcing me to a new level of trust. (Sounds a little like fishing to me.)
Are you fishing for God's will, Dear Reader? Is the Lord stretching you? Please don't give up, Dear Reader! God's got some tailor-made wonderful just for us, if we don't give up. Come on, Dear Reader, let's bait those hooks and get them in the water. God's got whoppers in there with our names on them!