by Mel Tavares
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV
As writers, many of us have experienced the sting of rejection. I recall laboring over a particular manuscript and submitting it, only to experience disappointment, confusion, and frustration. I tried to understand why my strategically picked editors were not eager to make an offer on my two-year labor of love.
My plans to have the book traditionally published did not work out. As it turned out, the rejection proved to be a blessing. The unpublished, highly researched content became the core of my dissertation work a year later, which was published upon completion. Had the book been published, I would have needed a different research project, resulting in two added years in my doctoral work.
Have you ever experienced a time of redirection in your writing or speaking ministry? Is there a time you can recall God gently closing a door to an endeavor? These times can be painful and also confusing, leaving us with more questions than answers.
We must trust that God has our best in mind, and any door He closes is because He has something else in mind for us.
Sometimes God redirects us away from an opportunity that seems very good and aligns perfectly with our goals. Why would the Lord redirect us instead of moving us toward the goals we have prayerfully set?
You are loved with an everlasting love and your heavenly father wants to give you the very best. What is good may not necessarily God’s best plan for you. Remember, He showers us with exceedingly more than we could ever ask for or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20)!
Our omniscient God sees beyond what we can see. He sometimes redirects us, so that our timing is perfect. This was true of my situation. God called me to write and speak on transformative topics. But in the end, what felt like an extended delay actually catapulted me into an expanded ministry.
If we love God and trust that he is working all things together for our good and according to his purpose, we can also trust he will bring his plans to fruition. What initially seems like rejection should be positively viewed as God’s redirection. As Romans 8:28 says, we know that all things will work together for good. God’s redirection is his means of steering us into his plan and purpose for our lives.
What may seem a closed door should be received as movement into an even greater purpose for you and the words you have written.
Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to write and speak. Thank you for redirecting us to the plans you have for us. We submit our works into your hands to be directed to reach the audience you’ve called us to serve. Help me to trust that this shift is your redirection and not a rejection. Amen.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Mel Tavares is an accomplished writer and speaker/teacher, both in ministry and in her career. She is passionate about encouraging and teaching writers. Her target market is women who are hurting and in need of Biblical hope. In addition to ghost writing and authoring her own books, Mel is a contributing author to several books, including the recently released DaySpring “Sweet Tea for the Soul: Comfort for Grieving Hearts.” She writes for several online Christian communities, teaches classes online, conducts Facebook Live series, and is a podcast guest as opportunities arise. She is a wife, mom to seven, and grandma to ten.
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