I lean on and trust in Him for my blog topics and the message they will contain. Some are deeper than others, some not so serious and others...well they are my daily ramblings usually shared in the privacy of my spiral 3-subject notebook but because I don't have anything to blog about, my journal goes online. I also know on the days I "struggle" to write my blog there is a correlation to the days I'm not focused on Him or taking time to enjoy His Word or sharing my heart with Him.
A couple years ago I was in a play called “Flying Colors” with the Oswego Children’s Theater. I had the luxury of playing “Mrs. Green” and it was so much fun – well with the exception of the small solo I had to sing. Ugh…I persevered though and no one was ill leaving the theater. We spent months practicing and preparing, many hands were involved to make sets, costumes, or to direct and choreograph. Not to mention the large amount of children scattered about practicing lines, songs, and enjoying each other’s company. It was so much fun and when it came time for opening night, my stomach was in knots and couldn’t believe I was doing it yet when the curtain closed after curtain call ~ I couldn’t wait for the next day’s show.
The preparation and planning involved in producing and performing a theatrical performance is similar to selling one’s book. My first draft was written in 2006 as part of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest and after receiving a personal note to encourage me to seek publication, the draft was put away. In 2008, it emerged once again and I worked here and there. This past summer God made it clear to me I was to finish the book and it has been a fun-filled, exciting, joyous ride.
I submitted by book to an agent this past April and after I hit the “send” button I thought I would be sick, I remember thinking “Oh my gosh someone is reading my life!?” yet I knew I was doing the correct thing. Today, I submitted my proposal to a publisher and had the similar feeling in my stomach. While this isn’t the same as performing the play, it is the closing number. While I continue to write and revise, experts in the world of writing are reviewing my writing to determine if it is opening night or a learning experience for the next show.
I’m grateful for friends who believe in me and my writing. I’m thankful for a God who has trusted me to write for Him. I’m giddy with excitement to see who is waiting in the dark of the theater when the curtain rises after the curtain call ~ who does God have waiting for me? Only He knows and I trust Him.