I watched American Idol last night and was struck by one of the comments made. I think it was Ellen who said at this point in the competition it just gets hard to narrow down a winner. There is so much talent that all of them should make it. I don’t think they all are that good, but I agree that some are worthy to make it to the top. But the thing is…not all of them can. It takes the right people voting at the right time. It takes a good night of singing. It takes shining in front of the world when the world is ready to exert the energy to pick up the phone and vote.
Publishing a book is like that. There are many good writers out there, but it’s the one that shines the most in front of eyes that are in a good mood and are ready to exert the energy needed to push the book through to publication that rise to the top. Yes, it takes good writing to shine. Yes, it takes work to rise to the top. But there is the element of timing involved, I think.
It’s all about God’s timing. It’s the unknown variable, but it is by far the best timing. It’s not something you can corral or command. It is something you rest in and find peace in. We can fret and worry all we want, but God is ultimately our agent. He is the one who opens doors and gives us success. He’s the one who lands the contract. All in His time.
We just get to enjoy the journey. So let it be a thrilling one, reveling in the gift He has given you with words.