Today is Day 6 of National Novel Writing Month. It is also Election Day in the United States. Somehow, both are making me feel uneasy and unsettled. I worry about who will win the election and who will lose and how the outcome will affect not only my life, but my children’s lives. On a much smaller scale, I worry about my novel, how it will turn out, who will be affected by it, whether it will make a difference in this great big world
As I’ve fretted about both situations, I’ve been reminded of several things:
Trust The One Who Sees the Big Picture
My favorite saying is borrowed from my good friend Gaye Martin. She has often reminded me that when things are uncertain, “God is not in heaven wringing His hands over this situation.”
At no point is the Great Creator saying, “Oh no, what to do, what to do?” That gives me great comfort.
Trust The Process
In many places on earth, people risk their lives if they vote. Many have been killed because they dared to show up on Election Day. We have the freedom to walk boldly into a polling place, to put signs on our lawns proclaiming our favorite candidate—and never worry that those simple acts will cost us our very breath.
I hope we never take the privilege of casting a ballot for granted. Many countries look at us with awe and envy. We hold elections without violence, before or after the vote. We move forward with the understanding that no matter who wins or loses, we are first and foremost Americans, and we are grateful and proud to be so.
When it comes to the possibilities presented by the much smaller world of my novel, I have to remind myself of the same thing: trust the process. There is an order and a sequence to it. After writing eight novels, I may not like it, but I’ve learned to accept the highs and lows that accompany the birth of a book. I’m always sure my words are dreck, horrible, worthless, and not worth the trees that died to print them. But I keep writing anyway.
On this Election Day, be sure you cast your ballot. Let your voice be heard. Then come home and take those next steps in your project, wobbly and uncertain though they are. We will get through the uncertainty and the uneasiness if we trust the One who sees the big picture–and trust the process.
Are you feeling uncertain and unsettled today? How do you handle it?