Yesterday a friend emailed me a beautiful prayer she has for her writing. It resonated so strongly that I made the graphic and printed it off. Have you ever thought of that book you’re reading from a favorite author as part of that author’s worship to God? I often tell people that much like Eric Liddell felt God’s smile when he ran, I feel God’s smile when I write.
When I started pitching this book in 2015 and writing it last year, I was really concerned that the underlying topic would be a dead issue: juvenile immigration. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I wanted to believe that the idea for the “hook” had come from God, but sometimes I wonder if it’s the pizza talking, you know? But the reality is God breaks my heart for kids who are caught in refugee situations. It’s an issue I actively wrestle with as I watch the news. What are we called to do as Christians? What am I called to do?
It’s often the issues or subjects that I’m wrestling with that bleed on to the page.
That’s one reason writing is worship for me. I ask God hard questions and listen for His answers. I gauge my response as I work the issue out on the page. What the characters are learning, I’m learning.
Imperfect Justice has a different underlying issue, but the heart of it is the same. I want God to be pleased. I want my books to be an offering that bring Him joy. That when He sees them, He knows I was faithful to the story and characters. That we partnered in the journey of writing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed something like the prayer above, absolutely desperate for God to show up.
What do you do that might surprise others because you do it as worship?