I’m watching the snow fall heavily outside my office window on this early March day. It’s beautiful. We haven’t had much snow this year so it’s welcome, but it certainly doesn’t feel like spring.
This feeling parallels my writing career at the moment. I have several projects nearing completion, and I hope the books will soon be out to readers, but I don’t feel a sense of accomplishment. There are too many loose ends to tie up in the publishing department. There are marketing aspects to consider and implement.
But I have faith that my books will soon be in the hands of readers, just as I believe that spring will come again.
I think God designed spring to be a time of new beginnings, of new hope, of encouragement. He offers us a new day every twenty-four hours, a new week every seven days, a new month, a new season, a new year. We need these uplifting fresh starts to inspire us to continue. To leave behind the past and reach for our goals.
As Paul says in Philippians 3:12 and 14, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal. But I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me … I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
So if you are feeling discouraged by a long winter in your personal life or in your writing career, take heart. Spring is on the way.
“I believe in process.
I believe in four seasons.
I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming.
I believe that there’s a growing season.
And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.”
~ Steve Southerland (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/spring_5.html)
Janice Dick writes historical and contemporary fiction, inspirational articles and book reviews. She also edits and presents writing workshops.