Tracy and I had finally finished writing and editing Bliss. We were ready and excited to find the perfect publisher for it as we went to a writers’ conference that year. We were going to pitch together for the first time. Nerve-wracking, but much better than facing the editors alone.

But then we received some news that made it more nerve-wracking. Chick lit was supposedly out. A taboo term. The year before, everyone wanted that genre. This time, no one was buying it—they all wanted historical romances instead. So we went to one meeting, smiled, and said we had a light-hearted women’s fiction story.

He smiled and said, “Are you trying to avoid the term ‘chick lit’?”

We had a story we believed in. Full of laughter (at least we cracked ourselves up, and I heard my grandmother got a kick out of it, too) and a meaningful journey about faith and relationships and the true Source of bliss. But the markets had changed. What were we supposed to do with this thing that we loved, believed in, poured our heart into?

The world’s kind of like that, isn’t it? You think you have things figured out and they change. You think you’re trucking along just fine, and suddenly there’s a tree in your path and your life takes an unexpected twist and you don’t know what to do or what lies ahead of you.

Well, you know what? There’s Someone Who never changes. You’ll never go to church one Sunday and find out that God decided to change up the requirements for salvation. He loves you. That will never change. He has a bird’s eye view of your life. He will be there to help you, to hold you, to guide you. He is the I AM. He was, He is, and He will be. Forever.


Ava Pennington said...

Thanks for this reminder, Jenness.
In a world where the only constant is change, I am so grateful for our immutable God!

Catherine West said...

Yeah. He doesn't change. And He finds the perfect home for our stories. When we least expect it. But guess what? Historicals are still in. And then there's that Amish fiction...okay, leaving now...

JM Palacios said...

Write what you love, not what the market loves. :-)

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