I’ve been in waiting mode for years with this novel I’m writing. Waiting for me to commit the time to it (note I didn’t say find the time). Waiting for inspiration to strike. Waiting for God to extend His finger from the sky and emblazon my manuscript with the perfect words.
Waiting. Yes, for these things, but mostly for the courage to continue. Can anyone relate?
So, anyway, I’m reading in one of my favorite blogs the other day (Novel Rocket: http://www.novelrocket.com) and I find this post by Anita Mellott from March of 2010 on waiting. (Feel free to enjoy it.)
Anita’s waiting was of a different texture than mine, but this line leapt out at me: “I had a choice–to allow the tentacles of doubt and anxiety to tighten their stranglehold on me or to ‘travel steadily along his path’ (Psalm 37:34; NLT).”
I, too, have a choice–and it’s the same one.
Then, in my mind, a song started playing (I’m a regular jukebox, most days). John Waller’s “While I’m Waiting” from the movie Fireproof. Again, totally out of context from my brand of waiting, but here’s the line that moved me:
And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
It’s that “bold and confident” part I have trouble with.
How about you? Have you been waiting? Letting fear of (fill in the blank) rob you of your writing?
I think it’s time to take a step in obedience.
What are you waiting on? Can you find a way to move forward, even while you wait?
On Thursday, something new for Writing On The Fine Line–our first book review! Come back then and see what I thought of Peter Leavell’s Gideon’s Call. Did this historical win me over?
Michael Ehret, for Writing on the Fine Line