This was the year. I was determined to go to a writers conference. And, if I was going to invest the money, I was going to be prepared. I perused every square inch of the website for the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. It didn’t take long for me to be overwhelmed by the amount of information and forms that needed to be filled out and reviewed. Who should I list on my appointment form for agents and editors? What classes should I take? What should my continuing session be? The list was sky-high.
It wasn’t long before my priorities fell into place. Let me stress the ‘me’ in that. I was going to meet agents and editors. Isn’t that the real reason everyone goes to these things? All the other stuff was just extra, or so I thought. I made my lists, researched agents and editors, picked out the perfect outfits.
What I didn’t realize was God had a bigger purpose, a higher meaning for me to grasp in this trip of discovery and making connections. The first night wasn’t about getting to those agents. The next morning didn’t bring me any closer to a real editor. What did happen? God used some amazing speakers and Marlene Bagnull to speak to my heart about the real issues of today. At first I wondered what they had to do with writing. I was practically writhing in my seat waiting to get to the appointment room. But then I stopped and listened. What did God have for me in these seemingly unconnected meetings?
It hit me. He wanted me to stop my plans and listen, to sit still and wait for His purpose, HIS PLAN.
Surprised, I sat bewildered in my seat. Without waiting on the Lord, my plans were empty. I’d get nowhere. None of my work would matter. It was in that moment I tuned out the noise of many around me and got alone with my Savior.
This is where the silence of waiting began, and then the prayers to
our eternal Father.
So when you get to you conference. Sit still and listen for His voice. Let Him direct you that your plans will align with His.
As God’s Word says in Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
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I went to Philly conference five years ago, Erin, and got to meet my agent, Joyce Hart, there for the first time! Glad God spoke to you in the midst of all the conference time. Yes–it is all about Him and what He wants! Blessings!!!
Thanks Carrie. I got to meet a couple of agents from her agency too, and they were wonderful people.
Erin – hope you had a good conference! I met with a woman who I hope will be my agent. Waiting to hear.
It was amazing, and you and Joyce eased those beginner angsts. I hope the agent works out. I can't wait to see your work published. I'll be praying about it for you.