The Healer and the Pirate

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Is writing easy?

Twice this week already, I've heard messages along the lines of "Just because it's not easy doesn't mean it's not God's plan for you." (First our pastor's sermon on Paul getting shipwrecked at Acts 27 and then the Children's Church message I have to teach next week on Deborah and Barak in Judges 4.)

Maggie and I had an outline we worked a couple weeks on...if you've been reading here you probably understand that I'm not the biggest fan of outlines in general (though I know they can be a necessary evil, especially when writing a series). But anyway, this outline was pretty good. Then today while working on Chapter 3, Maggie came up with a detour.

A much better detour.

A detour that involved some changes to the outline.

In real life, God doesn't usually see fit to show us His long-term plan. Instead, we get little pieces and have to learn to trust Him enough to go one step at a time.

I wonder if these random changes to an outline are in part God showing us that we need to trust Him.

(Given my wandering tendencies though, I still don't think Maggie and I should try writing a book together without any outline. Though I am sure we are going to deviate from it...we always do!)

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