As you know, something wonderful happened last week: I got an acceptance letter.
This is not, however, even the half of it. In her follow-up email, the editor said, “I love your writing style. In my most recent review, I described it as ‘edible’. I like the flow, the dialogue, the informality, and the humor – it’s compulsively readable.”
Wow! Edible! Who doesn’t want that?
This email had me so excited that I promptly read it out loud to the people standing near me at church.
Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on your level of Zen), the email continued. I need to revise it “with an eye to strengthening its opinion stance”.
I know, right? That stopped me in my tracks too. What? I can’t do that! I don’t even know what that means!
But then, I was reminded of words the Lord has given me:
I have called you to write.
And then, listen to this one, spoken by my friend Betty to a whole group of us. I feel like it is just for me:
You are going through a dynamic change in calling and gifting. Do not be afraid. I will not lead you where I have not prepared you. My intent is to make my name famous through you. You have already tasted my leading in several ways, but there is much more. I need people who really do trust me and will allow my love to flow in all circumstances. I am faithful and true.
Amen, Lord Jesus. Amen.
So here I go, choosing to believe that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength – including making his name famous. Including being a writer.
Including, even, revising an essay.