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,

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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