Psalm 34:8 declares O taste and see that the Lord is good. The psalmist is saying we have to try--to experience--God in order to discover how really good He is. I experienced a "tasting" of my own last week. And, boy, was it good!
All around me my chapter members and critique partners have been submitting. Whether it's been to editors, agents or contests, they've been getting their work out there. Me? Well, not so much...okay, not at all. A little over a year ago, I submitted my manuscript to an editor and never heard anything back. For this particular house, a year or more isn't really unheard of, but my expectations were delivered a blow when I didn't hear back in the time frame I expected. Don't I have a lot of nerve?? But, I moved on, shoved that manuscript to the side and didn't submit again.
Recently, I had the opportunity to dust off that same story, revamp it and...that's right. Submit. At first, I dredged up every excuse why I couldn't do it. There's too much to change in such a short amount of time. I can't write a good synopsis. Derrick's drinking on Grey's Anatomy and I have to see if Meredith's going to drop him. Yeah, I stopped just short of the kitchen sink! But, I prayed on it. I wrote. Prayed. Wrote. And soon, the first three and last chapters, synopsis and cover letter were submitted to an editor.
It felt awesome! Unless you've tasted the sweetness of accomplishment and snacked on the succulence of success you're probably asking, what's the big deal? Here it is. Once you've sampled the excitement and satisfaction of pursing your dreams and stepping into purpose, your heart is stirred. You can't return to that stagnant place of watching instead of becoming . Your appetite to realize the things hoped for but not yet seen is whetted. Whether your steps are strides or leaps, you continue in the pursuit of your dream because success lies just on the other side of that "no". I'm learning that as long as I'm moving forward, never remaining still, the size of the movement doesn't matter. Small steps may take me longer to arrive at my destination...but I still arrive.
So, submitting a manuscript may seem small. But, so is a mustard seed. And look how huge the tree is that grows from such a tiny beginning!