Remember the commercial for air freshener that tells you to plug it in and everything will smell good again? Or have you ever heard that to get your computer back up and running, pull the plug and reset it? I wonder how that philosophy would work on us. I mean, when we’re overloaded, just take a few minutes to recharge and plug us in again.
For the past few years, I’ve been trying to create a novel about the intersecting lives of three women who grew up together. Each has some secret to bear and the only way to overcome their shame is through each others’ friendship. I was about half finished when I had to purchase a new computer. Apparently when they transfer data from one computer it doesn’t always make it to the other. So my novel got lost in cyber space.
For the past month, due to the encouragement of a group of wonderful ladies I have coffee with each week, I’ve started to rewrite it. I still had the characters in my mind. I knew each of their secrets and what their backgrounds were. I made a backup copy of it to be sure not to lose one word. So far, so good.
Part of my hesitancy to readdress this work, was due to my fear of finishing it and having it rejected by a publisher. I have volumes of writings which I’ve never submitted for that very reason. I don’t like to face rejection. I’ve always felt I’m not good enough – I’m not worthy – I’m too old and on and on.
Today I found the above quote as I was looking for something to write about and it really hit home for me. Sometimes we just need to step away from things for a while so that we can recharge and get our focus back. However, we can’t simply rely on ourselves to rejuvenate. God is our energy source and always provides for every need we have, when we carry it to Him in prayer.
Isaiah 40:29-31 describes exactly what I’m talking about.
“He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.“
These are verses we say at our church at the end of each service. What a way to begin a week – knowing the God re-energizes us through His Word and Spirit. With Him all things are possible and we don’t even have to fear rejection, because He loves us so much that He gave everything for our salvation.
Today I begin Chapter Five.