Blogger: Mary Keeley
Yes, the title of today’s post is a takeoff on C. S. Lewis’s and N.T. Wright’s books, Surprised by Joy and Surprised by Hope respectively. Not for the spiritual giants who wrote them, but for the inspiration that is communicated in the titles. Be prepared because in the busyness of your daily life, you may be surprised by joy and hope when you least expect it.
It began as a normal week with the exception of a few added items on my to-do list: finishing touches on a workshop and notes for a meeting at a publishing house in preparation for back-to-back trips in the next two weeks. And research for an online meeting with clients the day after I get back to the office plus normal, daily client work. My week was full.
And then it happened. One after another, four contracts arrived in my inbox. Two of them were expected, but I hadn’t been counting on the other two just yet. Those ordinary days when our minds are occupied with regular tasks at hand, we can be surprised by joy.
Two years ago four Books & Such clients had a contract for their novella collection. However, when the publisher shut down its fiction line, the contract was cancelled, and the proposal for the seasonal collection has been in limbo ever since.
And then it happened. Recently, an editor requested the proposal and suddenly the authors are updating their bios to prepare it for submission. You never know when you’ll be surprised by hope.
The best way to prepare for surprises is to approach our work, recognizing that it’s all about God and his timing. He knows you and what you need today and what he wants to accomplish through you. Our responsibility is to work—and write—to the best of our ability.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23).
It’s good to recall amazing “coincidences” you experienced in the past to be ready to give God the glory next time you are surprised by joy and hope in your writing life. In the meantime my hope is that you are inspired today.
Tell us about a time you were surprised by an award or a contract or an offer of representation—something big or one of the many small things like an author friend’s affirmation on a day you really needed encouragement. Let’s take time to celebrate these gifts and inspire each other.
On any day you may be surprised by joy and hope in your writing career. Here are two examples. Click to Tweet.
Writers, always give your best effort and be ready for God’s surprises. Click to Tweet.