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Some Miracles Take Time
4/1/2016 12:10:16 PM by: Andy Lee

By, Andy Lee

There are miracles in the publishing world.

I met a woman recently whose husband encouraged her to take a few pages that she had written during her morning devotions and turn them into a book. 

“That’s a book!” her husband prophesied. And he persuaded her to keep on writing. Five weeks later, she wrote the last sentence of her first-ever book.

“You’ve got to send that into a publisher,” her husband demanded.

She wasn’t so sure, so she told him to send it into a publisher himself. And so he did. He sent three chapters to their favorite publisher. A few weeks later this new author received a phone call from the editor. The pub board was interested in her book.

This woman, who wrote a nonfiction manuscript in five weeks—her first book, landed a contract without an agent or blog or critique group or big platform.  In the span of five months, her book was on its way to the printing press. It was a miracle in the publishing world!

I stood listening to her story amazed. When something like this happens to a book, you don’t have any doubt that God’s hand is in it. We all secretly hope it will happen to us, but for most of us, the publishing path is a journey—a long one.

For a brief moment, as we shared our stories, I began to doubt my publishing accomplishments. It took me seven years to get published. Surely her book is more anointed than mine, right? Well, maybe, but maybe not. I’m so quick to doubt myself and compare my journey to others.

But God.

I had to remember that even if her book was more anointed, who was I to whine about that? Remember Jesus’s reply to Peter when he asked Jesus what John’s fate would be? Jesus’s words haunt me. 

“When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me” (John 21:22).

Anointed more or less, I must follow Him.

The next morning after this encounter with “miracle-author,” I called a close friend to schedule a lunch date to celebrate her birthday.

“We have so much to celebrate!” she said with a smiling voice. “We need to celebrate your miracles—your published books.”

Her words brought me back from the depths of comparison to the place of reality. After hearing the “miracle” publishing story and doubting God’s hand on my books, I forgot it truly was by the grace of God that I wrote them and they made it to the shelves of stores, libraries and nightstands.

Some miracles take longer than others. But that doesn’t make them less of a miracle. 

If your miracle has you on a long, bumpy journey, I hope this article encourages you to keep on keeping on. Listen, wait, write, write some more, attend writers conferences, and don’t forget to pray. Read and learn all you can about the industry, and what we need to do as writers, but also know that when it’s all said and done, it all comes down to the One who has given us the stories to write in the first place. He’s got it.

 

 

 

By the way, in case you want to read the miracle author, her name is Angel A. Wellington, and her book is Pumps in the Pulpit. 

 

 

How long have you been on the publishing journey? Share your story in the comments below. How do you keep on following the call to write?

 

 

See you next Friday

 

Andy Lee is the new author of two books, The Book of Ruth Key Word Study Bible: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise (AMG) and A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called (Leafwood, Spring 2016). She is an inspirational speaker, Word Weavers International mentor, blogger, and recovering people pleaser. She is also the mom to three grown children and one kitty named Hank. Andy lives on the coast of North Carolina with her retired soldier-husband. She loves to read, walk on the beach, and get up in the dark before the sun awakes. It’s habit. That’s what happens when you reach the half-a-century mark. Read Andy’s Bible digging and faith encouragement atFindingPurposeBeyondToday.com.

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