THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF YOU ARE
Several years ago, during one of my most vulnerable times, I did a whole lot of praying and asking. What I really wanted was a definitive choice made by someone other than me, for God to come down and literally tell me what to do.
Well, as most of us know, it usually doesn’t work that way. I hate to admit, but It took me a very very long time to really understand that God doesn’t just tell you what to do, but instead gives you signs, you just have to pay attention and look for them.
Which got me thinking, if I’m a full grown adult and have a hard time grasping this, wouldn’t a child have questions?
Questions like where is God?
How do you hear Him?
Can you see Him?
I wanted to do my best to answer these questions. But how in the world was I going to do it?
If you know me, you know I’m pretty terrible when it comes to people skills. So that wouldn’t work. And reaching out to others is something I tend to shy away from.
So what to do?
Well, to be honest, I didn’t know for a long time until writing and illustrating came into my life.
This poem first came to me quite some time ago and has gone through several revisions, but it struck me as a way to reach others without the paralyzing fear of actual interaction.
So I set off to create the illustrations. At first, they were word art. But that idea didn’t pan out. Then I decided on the painted paper collage, a new method for me.
And before long, I had what you see in front of you now, an illustrated children’s book to help kids (and adults like me!) grasp the invisible omnipresence of God by looking for the little things in life.
It’s my hope that this book will reach someone, somewhere, at some point in time, and help them in some way.