God’s Surprises

God’s ways are mysterious, and often that’s a great thing. I entered my science fiction novel, Welcome, Earthborn Brother,  in the Rattler Writing Contest for one reason: I wanted to make it to the final round. I knew that round would be judged by Steve Laube, the new editor of Enclave Press (formerly Marcher Lord Press), a well established publisher of Christian speculative fiction.

I figured that if I could get Steve’s feedback, I’d know whether or not my story had any chance of being published by Enclave. Since they receive so many submissions, it typically takes a year or more to hear back from them. By entering the contest, I hoped to shave several months off of that response time.

When I didn’t make it to the final round, I assumed that was the end of the story. However, God had a happy surprise in store for me, one that I could never have predicted.

One of the preliminary judges from the contest liked my story well enough to recommend that I contact her. She said that if I rewrote my first chapter incorporating her suggestions for improvement, she’d be happy to look at it again.

This judge turns out to be the editor of a small press that publishes Christian speculative fiction. After seeing my revised first chapter, she asked me to submit the full manuscript. God had a good plan for my entering the contest that I could not have conceived of before He brought it about.

This whole experience has reminded me that God sees all ends. Even when I think I know what to pray for, He sometimes has a great surprise in store for me.

Lord,  when things don’t turn out the way I’ve been praying they will, help me recognize that it’s because your answer is, “No, I have something better.”

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2 Responses to God’s Surprises

  1. danamcneely says:

    That’s wonderful, Rebecca! I’m so happy for you. I agree, the Lord works things out in ways we couldn’t imagine.

    • rebeccabruner says:

      It’s really exciting, and I’m still having a little trouble wrapping my brain around it. God is amazing. I too often try to take charge, but He does a much better job.

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