Write a book. Edit. Edit some more. Don't like it. Re-write. Edit again. Re-write again. Edit some more. Let people read it. Say you're done. Publish. The end! Famous author.
Let me tell you, it's NOT that easy.
Two years later, and I'm finally finished. It took three, yes three, re-writes, but I'm finally finished.
I'm very proud of my 41,306 words, 100-something pages.
This story...it's not just fiction. It's reflections on my life.
Going to go get Sonia. Traveling to Uganda. Paige dying.
It's all a story. In one way or another, it's how I saw those events. It's how they changed me, just through a new pair of eyes, a few different circumstances.
This story is one of grace. It's one of His beauty. And in the end, it's a story saying that His sovereign hand is in control of every situation in our lives.
For both years, I kept thinking, "I'll self publish and somehow I'll get famous...somehow."
I kept writing and I kept thinking, "I just want a copy in my hands! I don't care how..."
Now I'm finished.
And I don't quite know what to do.
I'm praying...continually asking Him, "Father, what do I do? Give me an answer. Show me what YOU want me to do."
In all reality- I have no clue what I'm doing!
This is my first manuscript.
My first time walking through this journey...
I've written a cover letter to send off to some literary agents.
I've figured out how to raise the money to self-publish.
But what does He want me to do?
What will bring Him the most glory? What is His will in my writing?
I keep asking myself, "What's next? What do I do next?"
My mom asks, "What do you want to do next? What's your end goal?"
My thoughts? I have no idea. Right now, I don't know what I want.
All I know right now is that I want a copy of MY book in MY hands.
I know that I want my writing to bring HIM glory.
But in the same breath I ask, what if I don't become a famous author? What if my writing is pointless?
And I just laugh and remember...it doesn't matter. If I don't become a famous author- who cares? Me, maybe. Because in the end...if my writing helps two or three people realize He is sovereign and perfect, then that's perfect.
In the end, if my writing brings Him glory...
Then I have accomplished the greatest goal.
And my writing won't be pointless- because His glory is the ultimate thing to strive for.
Closeness to Him is all I should strive for.
And whatever happens...
It's perfect. And it's in His will.
No matter what happens, no matter how hard it is to accept, no matter how frustrating life can be...
He is sovereign.
There's a very obvious reminder of this every time I open my book on the computer. The title comes up first...and I'm reminded it's all for Him, to Him and through Him.
"For I Know the Plans..."