Writers often become a little obsessive when trying to follow that dangling carrot of traditional publishing. They (and I mean me), spend every spare moment reading How To magazines and books; we spend money on writing conferences; we subscribe to all kinds of writerly blogs–we follow any rabbit trail of advice that might help us grab that carrot someday. While all that is good, and often helps take us writers a step further down the path, my good friend Jill reminded me yesterday that it’s the person who goes with us–who knows the way–who matters most along the road.
Sophie Topfeather and Timley Mouse, main characters in my upcoming children’s novel (being published by Sunpenny Publishing–check them out, especially if you like sailing adventures!), are lost, frightened, and alone in a wilderness after a series of missteps, mishaps, and a good measure of mayhem. For various reasons, each has run away from home and yet are now desperate to return home. An ocean away from their oak tree, however, they have no idea how to get back. Dangers are everywhere.
They don’t just need directions–they need real help, and they think they may have found it in a mysterious Presence that both can feel, but neither can name. SkyPainter, they call him. There is just one problem: SkyPainter seems to be leading them further and further into trouble! Can they trust him? Will he really bring them home?
My favorite Christmas song is Amy Grant’s “Christmas Lullaby (I Will Lead You Home)” and it never fails to remind me of Sophie and Timley, and all of us who are on a journey to find our true home in heaven. In order to find it, the lyrics say, there’s just one catch: Jesus says, “Trust me and follow me, and I will lead you home.”
The path can be lonely and scary, and maybe even full of trouble, but Jesus will be with us: After all, he is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23).
Here’s Amy Grant and a “Christmas Lullaby.” May it be a light to your path this holiday season!