Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Psalm 46:10 is a very familiar verse. In the NIV Bible is reads: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Message Bible translation puts it this way: “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
There are times that we must step back from anything that is impeding our vision of God. So much in this world clamors for our attention. We must remove the distractions and focus on God, especially in times when we need direction or peace that only God can give.

In your current story, does your main character come to a moment when he or she needs to take time to come apart from the noise and gain a God-perspective? You might have heard this called a “come to Jesus moment.”

If our stories depict a straying from God or from His plan, we might need to create a scene where the main character steps away consciously and maybe even physically.

Make a list of possible ways to “step out of the traffic” of life to get this renewed and intimate view of God. Here are a few to get you started: go on a short trip, go to a restaurant alone and sit in the back, sit in a park, or get up in the middle of the night while others sleep.

Find a point at which your character has to make a conscious focus on God. Could this be more effective if the character were to do one of the things you listed? Choose one of the ways you listed and write out a scene in which the main character retreats and is given that renewed focus on God. Then, analyze whether this scene would make this moment in your story more effective with its addition.
Do you as a Christian writer take time to “be still” and know that He is God? Not just alone time, but with God. To keep your relationship with the Lord intimate, you have to spend time with Him. This is time just focusing on Him and showing Him what He is worth to you. This isn’t a time of seeking something from Him.

Take time to “step out of the traffic” of life and bask in a God who wants to love on you. While Jesus was on earth, He took time to get away and be with His Father. Shouldn’t we do the same?

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