What would have happened to Mary (and to all the rest of us) if she had said No to the angel? She was free to do so. But she said Yes. She was obedient, and the artist, too, must be obedient to the command of the work, knowing that this involves long hours of research, of throwing out a month’s work, of going back to the beginning, or, sometimes, scrapping the whole thing. The artist, like Mary, is free to say No. When a shoddy novel is published the writer is rejecting the obedient response, taking the easy way out. But when the words mean even more than the writer knew they meant, then the writer has been listening. And sometimes when we listen, we are led into places we do not expect, into adventures we do not always understand.
— Excerpt from Madeline L’Engle: Herself
P.S. Just in time for the Feast of the Assumption, Amazon has posted the “Look Inside this Book” feature for Mary and Me. Have you read it yet? No? Take a peek!