change, hope, publishing, rejection

Weather Change

A neighbor in Massachusetts once said to me regarding the weather, “If you don’t like it today, just hang around for a little bit and it will change.” Or something like that.

I remember thinking, “This man has never lived in Oklahoma!” Talk about extreme and quick weather changes.

That’s what happened yesterday. My somewhat gloomy and disappointing day turned into a blue hopeful sky about thirty minutes after I posted my blog.

I had received a very detailed “rejection” letter from a publisher the night before. My manuscript editor/mentor who had given the publisher a beautiful recommendation for my book had received the e-mail too.

As I said, it was very detailed. Which from my limited knowledge seemed unique for a rejection.

Eva e-mailed, “Disappointing, but she makes some good points. Ask her if they would reconsider if you make the changes.”

I wrote, “Do I dare?”

“Yes you dare!” was her reply.

So I did.

Very quickly I received the response from the publisher.


The weather changed. Just. Like. That.

Hope/Hopelessness is a funny thing. It can change as quickly as the weather.

That is why my big hope, my base hope, cannot be in manuscripts becoming a published book or prayers being answered as I want.

My hope must remain on The Constant. Jesus.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is shifting sand.
All other ground is shifting sand.
~Edward Motte

What are you putting your hope in today?

Much grace and peace,

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