Great things come to pass. (Book Of Mormon, Alma 37:6)
You don't have to be Mormon, or Christian or any religion to believe the truth in those words. It is, quite simply, true. By small and simple things great things do come to pass.
These words wouldn't leave me this morning as I drove my children to school, as I did my errands, as I ate my breakfast. They wouldn't leave me because there is a great truth to them. And that truth can apply to anything in our lives.
This past week I made a valentine baby shower cake. Here's a picture:
It took a lot of work to make this cake. Not only did I have to gather the ingredients, but I had to prepare the pans, make the batter, bake the cakes, whip the frosting, knead the marshmallow fondant, make the filling, allow the cakes to cool, then level, fill and frost the cakes...all before I could even start decorating. In the end, the product was beautiful (or so I like to think).
Then over the weekend, I made Valentine cupcakes with my children. And it all started with one, very small, simple thing:
Yup. A fruit roll-up.
And from that simple fruit roll-up came one great thing:
A beautiful cupcake decorated with a fruit roll-up rose.
This simple beauty, this one great thing, made me think about our writing. Our stories start off as a small and simple thought, an idea. We put that idea on paper and a story develops. Characters form. A story is born.
Yet, if we look at each word individually, we might think, "That's no big deal, it's just a word. It's simple. Small."
But we must never admonish the fact that from those small and simple words came a great manuscript. That together they formed something wonderful.
So as you write today, as you revise and edit, think about the great thing that is your manuscript. Don't fret. For you know as well as I do, that "...by small and simple things are great things brought to pass..."