Blogger: Rachel Kent
Below is a blog from 2013, but I think it is so relevant for what we are all going through right now. It applies to the publishing journeys of many writers, but also is helpful as we face the coronavirus scare.
I sold my house yesterday [In 2013, remember?]. 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. And for all of us as we are in the unknown. I know how you feel! May you find peace in the knowledge that God has everything under control.
Back to 2020: The rest of this story is that we lived with my parents for slightly less than a month while we were in escrow on the perfect house for us. We got it at the right price and God had it all set for us. We are still in the great home. In 2013, when I wrote this blog, I had no idea how all of that would turn out. Now looking back I can see God’s fingerprints. 🙂
I have to trust that God’s fingerprints will be visible when we look back at this crazy time, too. He doesn’t want us to suffer and promises he will be with us always. So we can know he is here with us as we face the coronavirus and many unknowns.
What Bible verses or quotes encourage you when life has you waiting?
What Bible verses help when you fear the unknown?