This was the title of a friend’s recent blog posting as she pondered her identity as a writer. She had interviewed the author of Reconciliation Blues who recommended that all writers have a mission statement, a sense of purpose. Then she asked the readers of her blog, “So, tell me. In your profession, who are you?”

Her question really hit me. Lately I’ve felt like any writing I do is sort of hit and miss — like I could really go in any direction. But that’s not the way I want it to be.

For me, writing is a way I make sense of things, particularly the way I wrestle with who God is and what He is doing in my life. And when I’m writing, I feel most like the person God created me to be. It ushers me into his presence and gives me a real sense of his blessing. Even when it’s hard.

That’s when I thought of the phrase “wide open spaces” that I have been encountering throughout my Bible reading. Wide open spaces to the Israelites were real tracks of land that God used to remind them He was with them. In the New Testament, wide open spaces were more symbolic of God’s grace.

When I write, I feel like I’m in the wide open spaces God made just for me, where He can show me again and again who He is.

I’m praying this new sense of focus in my blog and on my website serve as a constant reminder to me of what I’m really doing when I sit down to write.

And I hope they help you find your own wide open spaces.