Into the Unknown: Learning to Trust
Blogger: Rachel Kent
I sold my house yesterday. As long as everything goes as planned, we are going to need to move out by the 31st, and we don’t have a place to go yet. My husband and I are hoping that we’ll find a place to buy in the next couple of weeks, and we’re actively looking, but it could be that we have to wait awhile before we find the right one. This wasn’t my plan, but now we’ve been dropped into the great “Unknown.”
I couldn’t help but notice the connection between my house search and what many of you are experiencing in the publishing world. You have a dream to get a book published, and you are trusting that something good will happen, but there’s really no date in sight for the end of your waiting. Some of you have an agent out searching for a publishing home for you, like I have my Real Estate agent working for me. She’s in my corner, but she can’t force the right fit to come on the market immediately just like a literary agent can’t force a book sale to happen for you. We all work hard toward a goal, but the endings are unknown.
I have a great support team behind me in my search for a house. My husband, parents, agent, and friends aren’t going to let me handle the stress of this on my own. And you shouldn’t forget that you have people in your corner as well. Your family, agent, friends, and critique partners play a huge role in your publishing journey. Keeping them by your side will help to keep you on the path to success.
I have a little card on my bulletin board in my office that has the quote, ” I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” For those of you who, like me, are in the “Unknown” right now, this is something we need to remember. God has a plan for us, and it’s a plan to prosper us and to give us a hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). We all should wait patiently to see the wonderful works of God. (Often easier said than done!)
I’m praying for those of you who are waiting right now. I know how you feel! May you find peace in the knowledge that God has everything under control.
What Bible verses or quotes encourage you when life has you waiting?
Do you have a “waiting” story that you’d like to share?
The publishing journey is full of waiting. How do you cope? Via lit. agent @rachellkent Click to tweet.