Have you ever written a project that’s ended in dismal failure? A friend helped me turn writing failure into a springboard for later success. Check it out.
“What’s wrong?” My roommate at the writer’s conference clapped a hand on my shoulder after he entered our room.
“Read this.” I shoved the critique of my new manuscript into his hands. “My work of art—dead on arrival.”
“Lots of red ink.”
“Yeah. She stomped my baby into the ground.”
“Wait.” Gary sat on the bed beside me. “She did praise you on several points.”
“Right.” I sucked in a deep breath. “She rejected my project. God told me to write this series.”
“Have you prayed about this?”
“Sure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m here to write for God. But I’ll never get published this way.”
“Sounds like you’ve made up God’s mind for Him.” Gary grinned at me.
“Well…” I nodded, got off the bed, and took Gary’s hints to heart. I strolled outdoors in beautiful sunshine and gorgeous views. I asked God for His opinion.
The Lord led me to Matthew 7:7. A renewed sense of hope flooded my heart.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (NIV)
These verses helped me, and may help you, as we struggle with disappointment, frustration, lack of direction, fear, doubt, and other obstacles to achieving God’s goals for us and challenge you to persevere with God’s plan in mind.
Ask, and keep on asking. Gary’s question to me about my prayers lifted my feelings of despair. Was I really seeking His plan or my agenda? God is the Father of lights and every perfect gift comes from above. Didn’t He want what was best for me?
Seek, and keep on seeking. The critique I received contained more than negative comments when I reviewed the comments a second time. Words of encouragement and direction for improvement leaped off the pages when I was willing to be a student again. At fifty-four years of age, I didn’t relish starting at the lowest rung of the writing ladder. My former writing success didn’t catapult me to the upper rungs of the creative writing field.
Knock, and keep on knocking. My focus was inside-out. I yearned to conquer writing without struggle and battles for my own self-promotion. However, God desired me to overcome fear by serving Him and reaching the audience of His choice in His time.
I’m not perfect at keeping His focus. Perhaps you aren’t either. (Like a dog chasing rabbits or squirrels), we might stray off His path occasionally. But when we return, praising Him and thanking Him for all he does for us and through us, we can ask, seek, or knock, and God will give, provide the treasures, and open the door.
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