Do you believe in coincidences when it comes to your writing journey?
I don’t believe that “a-ha” moments or life-changing connections happen by chance. Today’s blog is an encouraging reminder that wherever you in your writing journey, you aren’t pressing toward your goal alone. Even when you’re frustrated that God hasn’t opened the doors to accomplish your desired goals, He loves to surprise you with reminders that He is present along your path.
The good news is that you can put yourself in position to experience a God-moment at some point or another. You can’t control when these moment’s happen–that’s why we call them “God-moments.” However, these serendipitous moments are more likely on the heels of a courageous risk or an action springing from your belief that God is the God of abundance, not scarcity. Both are the catalysts for surprising and wonderful God-moments.
Can you recall any God-moments in your writing journey? If none springs to mind, here are a few prompts to jump-start your reflection:
- Did you meet another writer or influencer who turned into an unexpected source of encouragement or mentoring?
- Do you recall an “a-ha moment” conversation with a critique partner, agent or editor that sparked a new direction or helped you solve a problem, like an idea to grow your platform?
- Have you sensed a deeper connection with God as you’ve had to lean into Him for strength, courage, and perseverance?
Recently, I experienced a fun God-moment at the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference where I served as a literary agent on behalf of our Books & Such team. If you haven’t seen the lovely coverage on the conference from Publishers Weekly, you can click here for a photo essay recap. This was the first in-person ACFW Conference since the pandemic. The air buzzed with happy sounds of reunion as long-time friends and first-timers met each other.
On the second day of hearing pitches from hopeful authors, I was taking a 15-minute break. Back-to-back appointments are highly efficient, but after so many appointments in a row, I needed a breather. I was halfway through my much-needed break when our ACFW appointments czar appeared and whispered, “I know that you’re on a break, but can you fit in an appointment?”
One of my esteemed fellow agents from a different agency couldn’t appear in-person due to Covid. While the agent took pitches via Zoom the first day, they needed to cancel due to Covid symptoms on the second day. Several would-be authors were disappointed that their appointments were canceled.
One participant was brave enough to ask if another agent could fit it a pitch, even though our schedules were all full. She wasn’t pushy or whiny. She simply and courageously made her request. When I was asked if I could fit her in, I chose to say yes.
As it turns out, her courage and my willingness to cram in an appointment put us both in the position to experience a sweet God-moment. The author had a chance to pitch her idea, and as it turns out, she shared a specific story pitch that I’d been waiting all day to hear!
We couldn’t have orchestrated that situation on our own. (To be clear, God doesn’t hand out backhanded blessings, meaning that He doesn’t cause bad things to happen to some so that good things could happen to others. We live in an imperfect world, so we don’t always understand unfortunate circumstances–like the illness of an agent–yet I believe that God knows how to redeem disappointing circumstances in our imperfect world.)
God-moments are bursts of hope to fuel your writing journey. Those moments help you to remember that God hasn’t lost track of your hopes and dreams.
He sees you when it doesn’t feel like you’re making fast enough progress.
He sees you when you’re working out your words in front of your laptop alone.
He sees you when rejection and disappointment happen, and you aren’t sure if you want to keep going.
My friend, hold onto your courage, even when you want to put it down and pack it. One courageous moment can open the door to the encouragement or breakthrough that you’ve prayed for.
Earlier in this post, are three reflection questions for you to ponder. My hope and prayer is that as you remember or even recognize God-moments, you’ll be encouraged today to stay confident that God is at work and active in your writing career.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: What God-moments have you experienced in your writing career? Where are you walking out courage these days?