This has been such a strange time for me. The closer I have gotten to launching the Kickstarter for my newest project the harder it has become for me. I have felt such a sense of doom and fear sitting on my shoulder. When I started working on The Book of Ruth I had such a sense of purpose, and there were so many times along the way that I felt God’s presence confirming my decision.
But as November 1st has crept closer I have found myself growing more and more uncertain of the reception a clearly christian comic will have in such a super-hero driven industry. What if we fail? Anyone who has worked in a creative industry knows how incredibly difficult it is to put out something for the public that you have poured so much of your heart and soul into. Once the genie is out of the bottle it can never be put back. You open yourself up to public rejection and criticism in a way that most people will never experience. I’ve learned not to pay too much attention to it in my comic book writing, but this is different…this matters. I found myself going through much of the month of October feeling aimless and unfocused.
I remember the night before I found my artist. I has such a specific look that I wanted for this book and I went to bed feeling dejected, that I would never find the right person. That night as I lay in bed I put it all in God’s hands. I truly believed that if this was a project that God had put on my heart to pursue then He would make sure that I found the right person to share this book with. I wasn’t wrong. The next morning the very first portfolio I looked at belonged to Colin Dyer. As I looked at each page I could feel the excitement building. He was perfect. It was only later that I leaned just how “perfectly chosen by God” Colin was. Like me, Colin has a strong faith in God. He has been such a support to me in those times when I have doubted God’s commitment to our book.
And then this weekend, in the middle of my fear and doubt, something really special happened. I went to a comic book convention in Memphis, Tennessee. And as I handed out my The Book of Ruth postcards I got such a positive response. People wanted to talk about my book, they were excited about it. And I started to feel their excitement and to be reminded of the sense of certainty I had when I started this project almost two years ago.
Yesterday I started finalizing the dialogue for the first chapter so that we would have something to put out for our Kickstarter. And, it seems crazy to say it, but I just suddenly felt so blessed that I had the opportunity to publish this book. I have spent the month of October trying to give my worries and fears up to God. And finally something in me clicked. It doesn’t matter if five people read this book or 500,000 people read it. God called me to do something. I did it. Maybe the entire point of this is for me to learn how to put my faith…I mean really put my faith in him.
I know that there will be times in the future when I will struggle. That’s not just a part of faith, it’s part of life. But as long as I keep reaching out and asking for help in those hard times, I know that like today, God will help me to see those struggles as blessings.