Let Go and Let God. I used to sell bumper stickers with these words printed on them. Also mugs and cute little cards. I mailed out quite a few myself.
Easy words to send out when they aren’t directed back at me.
I’ve got a hard head when it comes to getting things done. Part of that comes from my background as a counselor. I love to set goals and create the plan to meet each of them. I have to admit I’ve put a huge amount of faith in my ability to fix any crisis or need or meet any goal.
So when it comes to the next step in my writing process, sending out the query and catching the eye of some agent or publisher—I’m stumped.
Yes, I’ve written it as best I can. I’ve researched how to put your best work forward. I’ve edited until I want to trash the whole thing into the garbage. And that’s where it ends.
Two years ago, my husband lost the job that was his career and life as we once knew it ceased to exist. I hurried to find work for him in SC and that ended in disaster. Then months later he took another job which also ended badly. I cut back our expenses. I learned to love generic. We activated our licenses. We started a business and we even put our home up for sale. I can't count on friends or family to help us. They have their own lives. So I did everything I could in my own power. And that’s where it ends.
In recent months, I've had to step back and take a closer look at my actions. Both with life and with my writing. I can only do so much and then really, I need to LET GO and LET GOD.
Whatever that will mean.
I can’t fix this problem or make miracles happen in my life. I can’t convince some employer to give my husband or me a job. I can’t convince some editor to love my work and offer me a contract.
Only God can.
But I need to get out of the way and let Him. And most of all--put my faith where it needs to be. Not in me.
How about you? Are you standing in the way of something God wants to do for you today?