Some authors print out a picture of the person they’re directing their book towards and place it next to their computer screen. When they write, they consider that person’s feelings, motivations, likes, and dislikes. It helps to write with intent and define the win. My win is to remind my readers just how much God loves them and the lengths He will go to draw them closer to Him. I don’t use a picture but I have a detailed description of who I’m writing for and why. I’ve even written a letter to this theoretical person stating why they would relate to my main character’s struggles and how they can be encouraged to seek the happily-ever-after found in the joy only God can give.
It’s a big world, but God sees you.
I’ve been fortunate enough to sit in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA (not pictured. My photos came out horrible.). It can seat over 65,000 people. To see that many individuals in one place can be dizzying. In a way, you feel connected because you’re all there to watch the same thing, but it can also make you feel insignificant. I’ve looked around and thought, God, how can you tend to all these people? How can you hear all their prayers and still find time to listen to little ol’ me?
It’s those times when I’m feeling irrelevant and inconsequential that God reminds me of Isaiah 49: 15-16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…” It doesn’t say He’s penciled you tentatively into His schedule or wrote a reminder in pen on his hand so he doesn’t forget (a technique I’ve been known to do). God says I have engraved your name on the palm of my hand—permanently because you mean that much to me.
God writes for one.
He has your picture on his computer. He sent His one and only son to die for you. He’ll send His Holy Spirit to dwell within your heart if you ask Him because He loves you and wants to be part of the details of your life.
God hears you, He sees you, and He never forgets you.
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