I don't wait well. But for some reason, God thinks I must learn that skill.
Most of you know, I've been waiting a few years to have a home again I can call my own. Stay tuned because it's happening. But I must wait for it--maybe a few more months or longer. During this time I'm learning how to build walls, mix mud for block and stack lumber. Soon I'll be insulating, painting and picking out doors and windows.
I've been waiting on my writing to take off too. How many years has it been? Hmm, at last count eight maybe? I wait for queries to be answered, for partials to be requested and fulls to be rejected. I wait for that email or call that all writers wait for: the one that says yes. During this time, I'm going to conferences, writing new books, and sending out non-fiction to make a few dollars.
I don't wait well.
But I'm learning God has perfect timing.
When we had to sell our Florida house, I asked God to please let me live someplace just as nice.Someday. Two years later He has given me land with an awesome view and a house that has features better than my old house. But I must wait and work hard for it.
When I turned to writing and decided I would write an awesome novel, God instead let me be published in anthologies and magazines. First. I had to learn how to write. And edit. And accept rejections. Lots of them. So many that when I did start sending queries, I wasn't crushed for too long.
And so I wait.
But in the meantime, I try not to waste today, so that someday, when God surprises me again and the wait is over, I will appreciate it so much more.
Have you been surprised by God for something you've been waiting for lately?