+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—EASY. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
When I took my first steps on this writing journey, I was pretty confident it would be relatively easy to get published.
I knew I’d have a big learning curve. I’d need to figure out how to create characters, plot, an interesting story, but I found great websites that helped me to learn that.
I stepped back from some ministry responsibilities at church, and assured people: I’ll be back in a year. This story burned in me, and I just knew I’d have it written, be represented by an agent, and have this book baby on its way to delivery shortly after that.
Fast forward six (yes, six) years. I’m getting ready to begin my fourth book. None of the first three are published (and yes, I’ve been asked about when they’re coming out! Don’t ask a writer this question).
I’m not agented.
I’m nowhere close to having something publishable.
Many, many words typed onto the pages in my computer.
This journey is anything but easy.
But the thing I’m learning? Anything God calls us to is worth sticking with, even when the journey is hard. (Click to tweet)
When the obstacles look bigger than the possible outcomes.
When the disappointments feel like they’ll never be hurdled.
God is teaching me that on this step-by-step journey into the humbling hard, He is with me. He is teaching me about His presence. His constant presence.
When someone says no to the story of my heart, it hurts. But God is there to encourage. He uses people, but He also uses His word.
The “easy” journeys seldom are that . . . if they are callings God’s given us.
Those callings God places on our lives are the ones designed to bring us to the end of ourselves, to teach us to depend on and trust Him, and to refine us so we reflect Him more clearly.
What about you? What is the “easiest hard journey” you’ve walked? How do you keep going when the disappointments overwhelm you?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday—Easy