“By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:9-10 (full chapter)
It almost seems to me that Abraham’s encampment in the promised land is metaphorical of faith in general. He camped in that place before there was any physical evidence of the promise to come. He was looking forward to, not what he would do but, what God would do through him. He wasn’t the one who could bring the promise to pass—only God could do that.
For our writing, I think that means we give it to God…
We camp in the place of expectation while inviting Him to join us and guide our work. We need Him to be—to build—that foundation. Like it says in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
While that verse, in context, might be more closely related to building a family, I believe there’s a general truth there as well: Without God’s help, all our efforts are futile. But with Him, there’s no telling what impact our stories might have.
If you’re like me, maybe you need to hear that the race is as critical as the finish line. The day of small beginnings is not the end. God planted gifts within you that He intends to bring to fruition. You’re not journeying alone.
Jesus lives to carry our weakness and fill us up with His perfect strength.
If you feel inadequate to the challenge, it’s because you are—as are we all!
We need God every step of the way: thanking Him amidst bursts of productivity; leaning into Him in the barren wilderness of doubt (and depression, too); trusting, even then, that He who filled us with the desire to write has a plan and a purpose for our creativity.
Without God, we can do nothing worth doing (John 15:5), but if we’re writing for Him, using the gifts and talents He planted in us, God will surely bring it to fruition.
Just because we can’t see the fulfilled promises yet doesn’t mean they’re not there, just beyond the next bridge…
Any journey of faith is hard, but…
Amidst the difficulties, I’m grateful for God’s promises, for the wonderful writers He’s planted in my path. For each one of us, I thank God for His gift of creativity and pray He guides our progress from beginning to end.
How about you? Where are you on that journey right now? What struggles are you facing? Need prayer? That’s one of the greatest strengths of the Christian writing community: We’re here for one another.