God is amazing!
I guess maybe you already know that, or you wouldn’t be here reading a blog post on Inspy Romance. :) But He just keeps amazing me more and more, the way He works in my life, and the places He takes me.
Today, He took me to Dr. Seuss. As a kid, I loved his books, read all the local library had a dozen times over, asked for them for Christmas, birthday, and whatever-else-excuse-I-could-think-of presents! But I only just discovered that his first children’s book was rejected by twenty-seven publishers.
TWENTY-SEVEN! Oh my! If he’d given up, we would never have had The Cat in The Hat. Or The Grinch. Or Green Eggs and Ham, or the Lorax, or Horton, or Yertle the Turtle…
One for any of us facing what feels like rejection to remember. :)
Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go is a book that’s often given to kids (and adults too!) starting a new phase in their lives. It’s about trusting our inner guidance and keeping on going, through good places, tough places, and sticking it out till we achieve our goals.
In my time with God today, some lines from it kept popping into my head. Yeah, I know, it’s supposed to be Bible verses! But God works in interesting ways. ;)
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go….
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
Being able to steer ourselves any direction we choose is an awesome thing. But it’s also scary. It does feel so much like we’re on our own!
That’s exactly how I’ve felt about starting my newest story. Scared and on my own! Normally, I plan my books. I never have a completely detailed outline, like a full street map with every tiny alley marked. But at the very least I know the main landmarks I need to turn at and some of what I’ll see along the way.
I like that process. It feels secure. I know where I’m going.
I know I’m not going to get sidetracked off onto the scenic route and add fifty miles extra to my trip. Especially important when I’m writing to a deadline and don’t have time to take the scenic route, no matter how pretty it is. I learned this from my first few completed stories — huge messes, ALL scenic route, no plot!
So now, before I start, I plan.
But not this book, which might just be the most difficult and challenging I’ve attempted. I’ve been trying to plan it, and it’s not happening. God kept whispering to me, “Just write it.” I kept telling Him, “No, no, no. I gotta plan. That’s how I do my books now.”
Today He made it clear. I have to pants it. I have to just start writing and trust that like the kid in Oh, The Places You’ll Go, I know what I know, enough to get to The End.
The truth is, I don’t know enough. Nowhere near. But God reminded me — He does. I need to trust that if He’s asking me to pants this one, I don’t have to know everything yet. He’ll make it clear when I need to know.
So the writing process is a metaphor for my life. He wants me to trust Him, to not need it all planned out. He wants me to know that it will be okay because He will be with me, guiding and supporting me. I just need to stay open to Him. My “word for the year” this year was Surrender. Next year’s will be Flow. And it looks like in these last weeks of the year, He wants me to combine both. Surrender, AND Flow.
The good thing is, He’ll help me to do that.
He knows where I need to go, even when I don’t.
What ways are you feeling God’s leading in your life right now? Or which was your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Or for the writers here, plotter or pantser? All comments before December 6th go in a prize draw for one of my ebooks.
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