For the past month, I’ve been working on the final edit of my book, The Jonah Complex. It’s a time-consuming and exhausting process. No matter how many times I go over the words, I’m pretty sure I can never make it perfect. It brought to mind a post I read some time ago about the challenge of editing.
Consider that the novel is 274 pages long and contains 534,918 characters and spaces. Even if my edit is 99.9% accurate, there could be as many as 1-2 errors per page. I’m grateful for the input I get from others and realize the value of seeking out people with creative spirits, discerning minds, and keen eyes for detail.
It’s hard not to draw a parallel with the story of my life. Its pages are far more plentiful and its twisting plot infinitely more complex that any manuscript. I don’t have auto-correct to polish up my poorly chosen words in moments of frustration. There is no dictionary or thesaurus to help in difficult times when words fail me altogether. There is no manual of style to suggest the acceptable form I should adopt in unfamiliar situations.
That’s why I’m grateful that my story isn’t finished yet. The work that I’ve begun is constantly under review. Every day, it’s carefully edited by the Author and Perfecter of my faith.
God’s creative Spirit reads every word, suggesting deeper themes, new and better directions for my storyline. His discerning mind, which knows the beginning and the end, controls the pacing in His perfect time. He understands my character arc, patiently pointing out the flaws and encouraging me to search for better motives. His keen eye for detail spots the weaknesses in my efforts. He guides me from my rabbit trails and sets me back on the right path before my mistakes have a chance to ruin the overall flow of my story.
Just as a good editor can turn a book into a bestseller, God is fine tuning my life for His glory, and the prize He has in store for me is better than a Pulitzer.
… Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12: 1b-2