Trust in God. I know it’s important and I do. But where is the line between being active in your own life and trusting in God’s plan? How do I know that I’ve done enough in today’s media driven society where everyone is competing for the consumer dollar to promote my work?
What brings on this line of questioning you ask? I generally don’t look at monthly comic book sales figures. I know how much my comic Rose from Image is selling and I don’t find it helpful or productive to compare myself to what everyone else is doing. That being said, I was curious to see how well my latest project The Light Princess (an adaptation of the George MacDonald classic, published by Cave Pictures Publishing) was doing. To say that I was crushed when I saw the numbers is not an over exaggeration. I feel like this comic is so special and inspiring and beautiful and to see such a low number of issue one sold was heartbreaking. And this is where I started asking the question, did I do enough?
From the very beginning I have felt that my work with Cave Pictures Publishing was divinely driven. The email that they sent to approach me and introduce me to the company was almost word for word exactly like a prayer I had been praying over and about my work. And as I write these words I am remembering exactly what I prayed, “that my work be used to bring glory to God and not to myself”. Pause for a moment of self-reflection here because I think as I write this I have found my answer….
If God guided me toward this project, if God provided the perfect artist for this project, and if all of this came at the perfect time, in the perfect way, then I need to stop worrying and trust that he has a plan for The Light Princess that is beyond me and my understanding. Furthermore, I am reminded of these words written about George MacDonald. “MacDonald was singularly unconcerned with his own ‘image’ among his fellow men, preoccupied rather with championing his vision of the reality of the world of the spirit. ‘Perhaps the highest moral height which a man can reach,’ he wrote, ‘…is the willingness to be nothing relatively, so that he attain that positive excellence which the original conditions of his being render not merely possible, but imperative. It is nothing to a man to be greater or less than another – to be esteemed or otherwise by the public or private world in which he moves.’ He (MacDonald) determined to leave his reputation and destiny in the hands of his God.”
How can I do anything less? Thank you Father for reminding me to trust in you and your plan for my life today.