Ten years since I heard my father’s voice, or felt his hand on my shoulder.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep.
Ten years since I began writing a novel, sharing the depth of his character with the world.
It took me a summer to write the first draft. A summer. Three months of getting up early and staying awake hours after my family drifted to sleep. Then nine summers to learn the craft of writing and the drudgery of editing.
After a while, the pages blurred together. But not today. Not this week. And not this month.
God revealed to me His sequence and order.
I don’t claim to know much about writing great fiction. But what I do know, will set you at peace with God’s timing on your latest project.
At the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference earlier this year, author Davis Bunn spoke in regards to the 10,000 hour mark. Ten thousand hours laboring over the craft of writing before your work advances to a level worthy of publishing. I’m paraphrasing of course. 10,000 hours. Is that ten summers? I have no idea.
Sometimes we have to wait a day, a year, or even ten years. Simply because what He is going to do in our lives and through our work is a matter of timing.
His timing. His order.
Our written words, in season, have the power to impact the one, the many that God ordains to read our work. A day earlier would be out of rhythm with His great plan for our lives and others. Be patient. Work diligently. Seek after Him.
I like how the Good News Bible states Ecclesiastes 3:9-15.
“What do we gain from all our work? I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what He does. So I realized that all we can do is to be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift.
I know that everything that God does will last forever. You can’t add something to it or take anything away from it. And one thing that God does is to make us stand in awe of Him. What ever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.”
Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up. Labor. And when your season is here, you will be ready. What God is doing through your work is beautiful. And when your book is published, you will stand in awe of Him.
His timing is perfect.