to a new month, friends. I hope you’re writing, writing, writing; and
selling, selling, selling. In spite of the tough economy, there is
money to be made in the writing biz, and you’re the one to make it—if
This month’s article comes on
the heels of a tough month for me. I’m literally drowning in work.
That’s not a complaint, mind you. Oh, no! I’m far too grateful to
complain about God’s many blessings. Still, reality sometimes slaps us
in the face, and this has been a “reality” week for me. I just turned
in a historical romantic comedy. No big deal, right? Here’s the
kicker—I had only a few short weeks to write it. Thank goodness it came
together in a hurry. Still, as I found myself racing toward the
deadline, I wondered if I would make it. I thought many times of my
pastor’s words, “We want to be a people who finish well!”
Praise the Lord, the book went
in on time. And the five-week fiction course I’m teaching is going
well. And my speaking engagements all came off without a hitch. And
that next book is already started. Ah! Such is the life of the busy
freelancer. If you persist—if you don’t give up—busy seasons will come
and they will not do you in. In fact, they can provide the necessary
income to get you through the lean seasons, which will also inevitably
With all of this in mind, I want
to return to the teaching on Noah. For the past two months we’ve been
discussing his amazing perseverance. Noah understood what it meant to
So, let’s dive back into his
story and address the last three points in this teaching.
Noah Persevered Through
I don’t know about you, but I
don’t wait very well. And I can’t begin to imagine what it must’ve been
like for Noah as he waited aboard that ark with those stinky animals.
Surely he was aching to go ashore! (If only he could find
a shore!) The story continues: “He waited seven more days and again
sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the
evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah
knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more
days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to
him” (Gen. 8:10–12 ).
Can you feel his pain? I do
every time I find myself waiting on news about a manuscript. Every time
I pray about a new idea and the Lord tells me to wait before writing
it. Every time I think I’ve heard God (and done what I thought He
said), only to find myself waiting for answers on the other side. (And
by the way, once you submit to a publishing house, you will likely be
waiting six months or so for news. That’s the cold, hard truth! My
novella Gone Fishing took five years to sell. Five
years!) Yes, I can surely relate to Noah in this area. When I find
myself waiting, Hebrews 10:36 brings comfort: “You need to persevere so
that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has
promised.” It’s going to come to you—if He has promised it!
How do you feel about waiting for news (from editors, agents, etc.)?
• Do you ever find yourself searching for shore?
• How long have you waited on your current project?
• What do you do to pass the time while waiting?
Persevered Till He Received the Covenant Promise
Ah, the rainbow! The covenant
promise! Can’t you imagine the joy in Noah’s heart when he saw it?
Here’s what God had to say about it: “I have set my rainbow in the
clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the
earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears
in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all
living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a
flood to destroy all life” (Gen. 9:13–15).
promise usually relates to
something that hasn’t happened yet. When others make a
promise/covenant, we hope/pray they’ll keep it. Here’s the good news,
writers! God always keeps His promises. If He said it, He’ll do it! His
promises are yes and amen. We can count on Him. And if He says we won’t
be consumed/overwhelmed in the meantime, He’s right! So, we’ve got to
persevere until we see that which He said he would do. Here’s a great
Scripture to lean on in the meantime: “From the end of the earth will I
cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that
is higher than I” (Ps. 61:2).
What promises has God made to you concerning your writing?
• Will He make good on those promises?
• What will you do in the meantime?
Noah Persevered to the
We all know how the story ended.
Noah made it to dry land, saw the rainbow, and life on planet Earth
continued on. As a praise offering, he built an altar of sweet-smelling
incense to the Lord. We all want to finish well—and we need to have
that praise offering rising up to His throne at all times. Keep your
eye on the goal, writer! Don’t get distracted by what you see in your
peripheral vision. Stay the course. You will receive the crown . . . if
you don’t give up! James 1:12 says: “Blessed is the man who perseveres
under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the
crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” As one of
my editors used to say, “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel . . .
I just hope it’s not a train!” Truth is it’s not! It’s the sun peeking
through the clouds. It’s a brilliant rainbow, a promise from God that
He’s never going to give you more than you can bear. He will never
“flood the earth” (think: “overwhelm you”) with more than you can
Do you have it in you to persevere till the very end?
• What does it mean to “stay the course”?
• Have you ever persevered under trial?
• Are you looking forward to the Grand Finale?
Folks, I’m preaching to myself
with this article, trust me. But I’m so desperate to be effective for
God. I want to reach the world through my books, articles, teachings,
etc. So, I must be a woman who finishes well, even when hard days come.
What about you? Will you finish