A friend posted a cute photo on Facebook a while ago. It's a
picture of a baby's foot about to step down onto a round piece of salt dough.
The recipe was included and the suggestion that one should be done each year
and made into a path of stepping stones. A great idea for new moms.
It's also a great idea for writers, to do this
metaphorically. I had occasion to follow a trail of stepping stones a while ago
as I pulled out an old manuscript. I had a few versions of the piece so I could
see the progress clearly, just like a series of stepping stones made of a
child's footprints. It was humbling to see all the mistakes I had made in the
beginning, but encouraging to see how much I had grown over the years.
It's a worthwhile exercise to look back at the work begun
when we were baby writers. And it's a worthwhile exercise to look back at our
lives to see what stepping stones we have made as believers in Christ. The Old
Testament is full of places where God told His people to look back and
remember. He often told them to mark a significant spot with stones or an altar
built to glorify Him.
As writers of faith, we can do that by writing the
testimonies, the stories, the articles and poems that glorify the God who has
led us from the moment of our conception. Then we can look forward to all that
He will continue to do in our lives and in our work, trusting that He will work
in and through us as He has in the past.
"and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle
of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with
you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight to serve as a sign
among you." Joshua 4:3-6
Abundant Rain, Marcia's devotional book for writers of faith is now available on Amazon. Visit her website to see more of her writing and speaking ministry.