Setbacks or Opportunities?

by Stan Mitchell
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1), ESV.
Joan sat down, the envelope in her hand. She had received yet another rejection slip. “Dear (and here some anonymous secretary wrote her name), Thank you for sending us your novel (it was a book of horror short stories, so they hadn’t even read it!). However, we cannot publish your work at this time because we already have seven novels budgeted. We wish you the best in your efforts to write.”
And so on.
She had a file full of similar rejection slips. She hated reading these form letters, cold as a ghost’s hand on her back, from publishing houses. Her shoulders slumped; she felt like giving up.
Then she remembered a comment her preacher had made the day before. “Tough times can come to everybody,” he had declared, “and both Satan and God are involved. Satan’s agenda is to destroy us; he doesn’t care who we are, or whether we deserve setbacks. With him it’s not personal. He just wants to hurt us! God’s plan is to rebuild us. So what will you do with your setbacks,” he had asked. “View it as a defeat, or as an opportunity?”
She realized the rejection had nothing to do with her ability as a writer. They hadn’t read the material. When somebody finally did, they might actually like it! And another thought came to her. They won’t read my book unless they receive it! She began to look through her list of publishers again. For her, this rejection would be an opportunity.

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