I’ve been thinking about trust lately. A lot. In fact, ever since Pastor Greg's sermon three weeks ago (Matthew 6: 24-34) I've said to myself repeatedly: Trust God.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
“Do do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
I’m a worrier. I don’t deny that. But I need to trust God to take care of the things I cannot take care of. I need to live in the present moment and know that tomorrow belongs to God.
So how does this relate to my writing? Well, I've been thinking about ELLA'S RAIN (formerly ELLA'S DANCE) lately. I'm revising it. I don't know why I've been worring about this book so much, probably because I want it to be published so badly.
This book means a lot to me for reasons too numerous to go into in this post. Suffice it to say that much of a writer’s material is born out of personal experience. Such is the case with ELLA’S RAIN, which deals with a 17-year-old girl who loses her grandmother, who raised her, to cancer.
The grandma leaves Ella 365 notes, one for every day of the coming year. Grandma wanted to share some of her thoughts, things for Ella to think about as she journeyed through life. And she hoped that the notes would comfort Ella and provide the guidance she would not be there to give.
And so, I trust the Lord that if ELLA’S RAIN is to be shared with the world, it will be. I’ve written the book I had to write. My agent will do an awesome job trying to sell this book. But we can only give it our best shot and hope that it's good enough.
So, no more worrying that it's not good enough or whether people will like it. It is what it had to be.
May you always find hope in despair, life in death and that big things can happen to little people if we put our trust in God.