During my morning scripture reading (the smartest thing I do all day) I found a verse that explains perfectly what I’m trying to do with my writing.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2Corinthians 3:18.
James and I have been talking about plans for our kitchen window lately. Now that he is home more often in the early morning hours, he notices how warm it gets in front of that uncovered window on the east side of the house. He wisely suggests that we put up a blind, as we’re wasting energy trying to keep that spot cool. My idea though, is stained glass. If I had a really pretty piece just the size of the upper pane of that window, imagine the beautiful patterns on the floor. Isn’t there something about reflected light being cooler, less concentrated than direct sunlight? It always seems that way when you’re in a church building with stained glass. I just love the idea of using art and color to bring God’s light into my house, and sharing it with others who happen along. That’s me in a nutshell. I’m sure we’ll eventually have both a window shade and stained glass. Marriage is all about compromise.
I think this is why I write fiction. Sure, it is more practical to write devotionals, family histories, even journals. But fiction brings color, excitement, life to my world. It helps me recognize how good God is, and how his creation is new every morning. Books are my “Calgon take me away” tools. I hope that what I write can do that for someone else. In the midst of their busy lives, maybe someone somewhere will read a story of mine and go “Ahhh, wasn’t that great. Now, I feel like I can face the day with a smile.”
Corny? No one has ever accused me of being profound.
Enjoy your day, and praise God for the sunshine. It might be easier in front of a piece of stained glass if you can find one!