We read fiction and give these beloved tales the title of Classics because they resonate. There is more truth than we realize behind every piece of fiction. Behind every piece of art.
And that is a huge, often overlooked facet of God's grace.
Scripture shows us through out both the Old Testament when His people were still under the Law, and in the New Testament when the veil was torn and His wrath was satisfied, that He is a God of second chances.
Beauty from ashes. Wholeness from brokenness.
One of the things I'm learning afresh, and striving to incorporate into every word I pen, is not simply the belief of God's restorative power, but letting that belief change into a trust. A trust that what He says is true not just because the Bible says so and any good Christian woman should believe it and never struggle with it.
But because it is who He is. His power to restore and recreate is a facet of His immense love for us. He wants us to be whole and thriving and filled.
He wants us to take whatever old or recent brokenness we have in our hearts, and craft it into art.
And it's a process.
Sometimes, like a painting. Multiple layers of colors and strokes and different brushes and drying times. Sometimes its in one impulsive decision to run with a story that took hold a year after it first sprouted, write it fast and release it quicker in time for Christmas.
Making something beautiful out of a broken heart or hopes deferred is a part of God's character in us. We are made in His image, and He is the Creator of the entire universe. He is creative and in the business of rebuilding, reshaping our hearts and lives. And part of that healing is making something beautiful from our pain.