The long-awaited letters came from Quilt Odyssey on Monday, delivering the jury's verdict on my two quilt submissions. Yes, "Cascading Crystal Kaweah" has been accepted into their show in July. No thank you, "Psalm 46:10 Be Still" can stay home. ouch. In my opinion, the "Be Still" quilt is one of the best quilts I've ever made, if not the best. But apparently the jury didn't agree. sigh.
Good thing I've already mailed my entry form to Houston. I probably would have balked, had I known this quilt was subject to rejection.
But it's a lot easier to accept rejection when I remind myself that this is God's quilt. He knows when and where it will hang, and He knows who will see it and be touched. That part is out of my hands. My job is to submit it to various venues, hoping that someone, somewhere will gain something from seeing it.
"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth,
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11
And so, once I'd digested the contents of the rejection letter, I took the quilt off the pile and hung it on the wall. Perhaps the best place for it right now is hanging in my sewing room where I can see it. Maybe I'm the one who should be studying it and appreciating its message to "Be still and know that I am God."
Physician, heal thyself... ;)