Being a writer involves a lot of waiting. It is can be weeks–usually months–from the time you submit a manuscript to an editor until the time you hear back. As a not-so-naturally-patient person, this part of the writer’s life has taken some getting used to for me.
Recently, when an editor was interested in one of my manuscripts and asked to see the whole thing, I eagerly sent it off.
Three months turned into six… and I wondered if my work was on her desk waiting to be read or if she already decided whether she liked it or not. (No negativity towards editors here; they are busy and, after years of being a writer, I know that time is just part of the process.)
One day, after the six-month mark had passed, I woke up and prayed for an answer to come about my manuscript—that day. I was prepared either way, I promised God. I just needed to know… so I could stop waiting.
I grabbed my Bible and randomly opened it to Isaiah 30:18:
“…For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Hmm. Blessed are those who wait…
I needed the reminder, but I still didn’t want to wait anymore. I read on:
“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” –Isaiah 40:31
Another waiting verse.
Not exactly what I wanted. Stubbornly, I kept reading, looking for something along the lines of, “Your wait will be over soon!”
I came to Isaiah 42:9:
“See the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.”
I became hopeful. Maybe the editor would call and say she loved my novel. I closed my Bible, went about my day…
and got no answer on my manuscript.
Feeling sorry for myself, I had a little pity party. “I’m sooo tired of waiting,” I whined. “I just want to know what the plan is.” And, suddenly, as if God was whispering directly to my heart, these words came to me:
I AM the plan. You just need to follow me, and wait.
I didn’t hear them out loud, but the words felt like they had been spoken inside of me. Quickly, I grabbed my Bible and re-read Isaiah 42… verse 6:
“I have taken you by the hand and kept you…”
and I realized, here I was complaining about waiting on God, but most of the time, He’s not only taken me by the hand, He’s been waiting for me.
For me to follow Him with my whole heart, for me to trust him when I don’t get answers, for me to set aside my own agenda, for me to rest in the waiting…
for me to rest in Him.
I read through to verse 9 and again was filled with hope: “… new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.”
But this time I wasn’t hopeful I’d get the answer I wanted on my manuscript.
Instead, I had a new hope about whatever God had planned. And I realized that waiting is the before that this verse talks about. I was in the before; new things were to come… and I didn’t have to know exactly what that meant.
I just needed to trust and wait.
What about you? Have you been waiting for an answer on something in your life?
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