Wednesday, January 25, 2012

From Writing to Reality

When crafting a scene, I write my character into a corner (emotionally, physically, spiritually). Then, I stare at the screen wondering why in the world I created a situation I can't figure out how to fix. I'm a fixer by nature, or at least I try to be, and the "unfixable" occasionally causes frustration. Thankfully, I am learning that my role isn't to fix but to be faithful. After A LOT of processing, creativity, and rewriting, the character wiggles out of the corner into another problem.

So, I got to thinking....if fiction is a reflection of reality, then my life mirrors my character, and as the writer, I am a reflection of the master Author. As the Lord crafts my story, I am wholly dependent on Him. I cannot get out of the corner unless He sees fit to pen the scene that way.

"Faith in God includes faith in His timing."

Over the past couple of years, I've become convinced that the Lord loves to write Himself into a corner that only He, in His sovereignty, can fix. His fingerprints are all over my life. It fascinates and humbles me that I can take no credit for my accomplishments or my path.

Currently, I'm stuck in a corner beneath a sign flashing "WAIT." This character is not patient, but I also realize that I'm not the author of my story. Thankfully, the One who created all, sees all, and controls all is at the desk completely aware of the big dreams I imagine, the hope I cling to, and the adventures that will come my way. He can craft the perfect scene better than anything I could initiate from my limited viewpoint.

Until the Lord crafts the next scene, I am writing, waiting, wondering, developing a greater trust in Him.

"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:14


  1. Great post, Kariss. One of the major lessons for my writing life has been learning to walk in patience which really means walking in faith and trusting Him to show Himself faithful in every area of my life. One key piece is that in the waiting we also need to keep working, to keep doing the last thing He told us to do.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Great reminder, Henry. Thanks for the encouragement, and thanks for reading!

  3. Good thoughts, Kariss. I'm with you, waiting, knowing I can't fix it, but God can in HIS timing. Now, the fiction, He has to give me a quick peak so that I can fix it myself.

  4. I like the visual of the corner with the blinking wait sign. 

  5. I agree, Janet! Thanks for reading!

  6. I'm hoping the visual will help with acceptance of the word. Thanks for stopping by! Hope the writing is going well!

  7. So how you are trusting God as you wait...which is one of the hardest things to do...Blessings to you, Kariss :)

  8. Well illustrated, Kariss. A word pic that sticks with the reader.

  9. Good post. 
    I think a lot of us have seen that flashing wait sign
    : )