I finally submitted the first book of The Weldon Series to an agent whom I met at the ACFW Conference. You may wonder why I’ve been stalling. The conference was in September. My manuscript was finished. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The manuscript is never finished, never perfect.
Open doors are few and far between for unpublished writers. That’s why I wanted to make sure to send my very best work. I’m impulsive by nature. However, for once in my life, I waited. Even now, I worry about grammar errors, typos, word choices, etc. I reviewed the final version of the manuscript this morning and saw an error on the first page of Chapter 2. And so, I had to close the document and let go.
In two weeks, I will send the manuscript to an editor who requested to see the first five chapters. I’m hopeful I’ll have an agent by then. If not, I’ll polish more and try other avenues.
I know God’s hand is on this project. The first draft of book two is finished. I started outlining the third book of the series last week. In book three, the protagonist, a retired bank executive plans to use her wealth to start a drug rehabilitation facility for women. My next plan of action is to research recovery facilities for women.
At the Rotary luncheon on last Friday, I found myself sitting across from the guest speaker. To my astonishment, I discovered she is the director of Haven 4 Change, a drug recovery center for women. God arranged for me to meet this inspiring woman. When I start to doubt myself, God has been faithful to provide the resources and people I need. My job is to trust and obey, to yield completely to His will. I am in awe of the great God I serve.
What is God asking you to do? Are you afraid? Do you doubt your skills? I’m reminded of the old hymnal, “Trust and Obey.”
I may never be a published writer, however, “I am happy in Jesus when I trust and obey.”