It’s been a busy week.
Whenever I get close to the end of a writing project, the rest of life moves to the sidelines. I just want to get the project done. Completion will be so sweet. I’m that way with my knitting projects too.
Are you that way?
Saturday evening, I completed the rough draft of my second historical fiction novel. This book tells the story of Gina Gallucci, a young woman in a small Ohio town in 1942, who is suspended between two cultures and two religious backgrounds, and feels she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Then she volunteers to work in the Salvation Army Canteen for servicemen, and finds love and acceptance just as she is. Why can’t she find that same acceptance beyond the walls of the canteen?
It’s a powerful story, based on the historical backdrop of the Dennison, Ohio Salvation Army Canteen that offered free food to all servicemen heading for the battlefields of World War Two.
Now, I’m in the process of “cleaning up” the rough draft, writing a proposal, and sending it to my agent. At that point, I’ve done my work and it will be in the Lord’s hands as to whether a publishing company picks it up to create it into book form so they can put it into your hands.
So we pray and ask the Lord for His will.
And, I’m on to my next project – an article for a national magazine about worship. Yes, I’ve started my next knitting project too! The satisfaction that comes from completion doesn’t last long.
Are you that way, too?
With each project, I like to keep in mind 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
What a wonderful reminder! I may not see the results of my labor. The results may be different from what I have in mind. But, if I have dedicated my work to the Lord and am actively seeking to follow Him in what I do, my effort will not be useless!
God is just that way. He delights to use the work of our hands to bring Him glory and spread the knowledge of His abounding grace everywhere.