Day 18: Basically a tribute to Madeleine L'Engle

If you haven’t already figured it out, let me tell you: I really like Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve read almost all of her fiction books and many of her non-fiction. Her stories were good companions growing up when I felt awkward, lonely, and struggled to find my place in that strange world of middle school.

In some ways, I’ve learned more about theology through books like A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narnia than I have through sermons and Sunday school. These characters in children’s stories make sacrifices for each other, love their families deeply, and wrestle with the wrongs in the world. As an adult, sometimes I’m just trying to make it through the week, ready to leave church so I can go home and take a nap. But stories speak to me truth that sinks in deeper than theological terms. I cry at Aslan’s sacrifice, at Meg’s sacrifice.

Our art and work can show that truth too, but we may not ever know what God is doing with our work and words.

We must work everyday, whether we feel like it or not, otherwise when it comes time to get out of the way and listen to the work, we will not be able to heed it. -Madeleine L’Engle

Sometimes work doesn’t make sense. My calling feels impossible and excruciating. I feel certain that God got it wrong, or that I did.

But God is making beautiful things out of messes. We may not see it yet. We may never see it. But he is working.

Wars. Pestilence. Famine. Ebola. God is working. He knows. He is there.

Sometimes it’s just the discipline that you need, the daily tending of the gardens of our homes, our jobs, our lives.

The purpose of the work, be it story or music or painting, is to further the coming of the kingdom, to make us aware of our status as children of God, and to turn our feet toward home. -Madeleine L’Engle

What small steps can you take toward your big dream today?

What truthful stories encourage you in your work?