[Paul said] … so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (The Message Bible)
Yesterday, I hit “Send” and submitted my first e-mail book proposal to an agent. It has taken me months to prepare the document and a nano-second to send it. Every time I thought I had the manuscript just right, Satan put red marks over sections that I needed to revise. It is hard to rewrite, especially the fourth, fifth time. My ego gets in my way, and I say to myself, “I can’t cut this out—it is brilliant!” or I sigh over having to change my “baby’s” foul-smelling diaper.
God put a place called neutral on the transmission of my car—a place where nothing happens until you think about what you want to do next. That’s what a writer has to do, and that’s what we all must do when making decisions that affect our lives–before hitting the “Send” key.
Dear Lord, give me patience to pause when a situation needs to remain in neutral for a while. Amen.