I’m talking about publishing in this, but you can apply it to anything.
Back in the day when I first dreamed of getting an agent and getting published, it seemed an insurmountable effort. We had to wait—wait for an agent to believe in us enough to sign us. Wait for a publisher to like our story—and then wait while they took it to committee to decide if it will be a good fit for their publishing company. So many times, my hopes rose—just to crash face first in the dirt.
Now, it isn’t such a big deal. A publisher doesn’t want your book? Self-publish. You have control of everything. Or maybe a publisher does want your book, but you love absolute control. Or maybe… the genre you write isn’t what publishers are buying. They loved your previous books, your fans are clamoring for more, but the publisher doesn’t want to take the risk.
For those of us who want our books traditionally published, it is difficult to wait on the Lord. To wait on the publisher. Yet so often we must do this for our stories. Sometimeswe must be patient while we seek the Lord’s guidance about whether to continue seeking traditional publishing or to self-publish.
I’ve looked for some insights about patiently waiting on the Lord. Maybe they’ll encourage you…
“Patience means living out the belief that God orders everything for the spiritual good of His children.”
– J. I. Packer
“Grin and bear it is old-fashioned advice, but sing and bear it is a great deal better.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon
“Patience does not just grin and bear things, stoic-like, but accepts them cheerfully as therapeutic workouts planned by a heavenly trainer who is resolved to get you up to full fitness.”
– J. I. Packer
“Are we prepared to take the awful patient ways of God? We must not be infected by the world’s valuation of either speed or success.”
– John B. Phillips
“The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, But God isn’t.”
– Phillips Brooks, Boston Pastor
“I’m extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
– Margaret Thatcher
“Patience and passage of time do more than strength and fury.”
– Jean De La Fontaine, Poet
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
– Leo Tolstroy, Novelist
“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”
– Edmund Burke
“With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”
– Chinese proverb
“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”
– Psalm 27:14
Are you waiting on something? Are you tired of waiting?
While you wait, apply meaningful waiting . . . spend time in prayer, talk with mentors about the situation, meditate on scripture, start a NEW project while you wait on answers to the current one . . .