Control Freak or Loving Leader?
My family has occasionally accused me of being a control freak. I’d like to shrug it off as untrue, but I fear there may be a teensy grain of truth to the accusation.
Being in charge is one of the best things about writing fiction. I get to create an entire world, inhabited by whoever I want, doing—pretty much—whatever I tell them to do. (There is always one pesky character who refuses to fit neatly into the role I’ve set up for him or her, but that’s another story.)
In Angel Falls, my romantic suspense, I started with two damaged people: an Army Ranger who can’t get past the failure of his last mission, and a former street child who now runs a Brazilian orphanage. Her best friend’s been killed and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her friend’s baby. He never wants to protect anyone ever again.
I forced these two into dangerous situations that pushed their personal limits, but also taught them to trust themselves, each other, and God. With each plot twist, they grew and changed and healed from the past. And fell in love.
Though God is the author of our life stories, I am very thankful He isn’t a control freak. He doesn’t force us to do things; rather, He holds out His hand and says, “Follow me. Trust me. I know what I’m doing.” I imagine it brings Him great joy to lead us slowly, gently, from the hurts of our past to the healing He offers. He sees the whole picture, knows the whole story, and rejoices when we follow His lead into the incredible future He’s prepared for us.
Are you letting Him lead you toward hope?
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Connie Mann is an author, blogger and boat captain. Her father is from Brazil, which inspired the setting for Angel Falls. She loves to encourage busy women through her blog: www.busywomenbigdreams.com and when she’s not writing, you can find her browsing a bookstore, on the water, or curled up with a good book.