Is My Writing Futile or Fertile?
by Tina Yeager
Many farmers plowed through their unsellable crops in recent months, reaping only tears and sweat from their barren fields. In various ways, family landscapes and livelihoods across the nation and world lay desolate and unfruitful. The publishing industry suffered the ravages of pandemic famine along with countless others.
As these ominous events arose and darkened the world around me, I struggled to focus on wordcraft. When I forced myself to face my wilting manuscript, the pitiful wordcount triggered sighs and groans. I questioned whether writing this book would prove as futile as growing a crop which would never feed a soul. Would publishers consider my work? Or would I add these attempts to my stack of unfruitful words to be recycled.
The Lord pursued me with daily nudges to return to my words. Sit back on the tale-tractor. Trust the Creator for a harvest. He promised to nourish my soul, but he may also feed those beyond my plot.
One row of words at a time, I typed out my faithful seed-lines. Each day of serving the author of my faith brought me closer to him. My words sprouted, faltered, matured. One. At. A. Time. He fed me as I grew with him as a writer.
The current manuscript remains unripe, but I trust the Creator to bring whatever harvest he chooses. In the season he selects. All the while, I am thankful for each fertile moment of working at his side.
Father, thank you for inviting me to share in your work. Guide me to follow your calling in faith when I cannot see fruit. Remind me to trust you above the world’s almanac or my perspective. I praise you for the promise of your sovereignty and goodness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She offers writing workshops through Serious Writer Academy, hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast, and is a mentor with Word Weavers International. Beautiful Warrior, her book on women’s esteem is available through New Hope Publishers. To connect with her, visit tinayeager.com.