The Making of Vision
After I wrote One Size does not Fit All (30 Day Devotional) I felt like I had to wait to experience something new before I could write again. I felt like I had already written about everything that I’d gone through in my life in some way and that there was nothing left for me to write about. However, I thought wrong.
One morning as I was thinking about my experience from the previous night chatting online with the “support” that came with a certain technical device I had purchased (since I had trouble getting it set up properly), I realized how great it felt just to be able to converse back and forth through the physical act of typing. I felt like I, as a writer, was able to express myself. Even though I hadn’t been writing a book, just the act of writing (typing) anything that someone else read made me feel good – especially when I was so grateful at the end of the chat and everything was working properly and I could express my gratitude to the person who had helped me out so much.
This line of thinking led me to realize how it didn’t really matter what form it took (my writing) – the important thing was that I was using my gift to express myself in the unique way God had designed me, personally.
As I hadn’t thought of it that way before, it opened my eyes to see things from a new perspective. Once that happened, I started to realize that I didn’t need to wait to experience something new in my life before I could write again. All I needed to do was see an experience I’d recently had from a new perspective … and then I could write about that.
Then, I started to get excited and got the idea for the title (Vision), and the main character (Annabel) along with her profession as an interior designer – and the idea’s took off from there since Annabel could see things from a different perspective as she envisioned the transformation of other people’s homes.
My own recent experience of having God give me a new perspective on my own relationship with my husband from when we had gone through a major struggle in our own marriage gave the inspiration for the story to be about a Christian couple who separated and had to listen to God to know what they needed to do to work things out.
As I learned, seeing things from a different perspective did indeed give me a new “vision” – and having a new vision changed everything!