Author Callie J. Smith discusses Kat’s Dreams, its setting during the season of Lent, and what God does with dust. Also, get your FREE copy of Kat’s Dreams in Kindle format (for a limited time only).
“The Miracle of Dust”
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” – it’s an Ash Wednesday refrain, but I still find it curious to think about. Dust is a sign of mortality. We often don’t like to remember our mortality, but there are moments in life that take away our ability to ignore what we often ignore.
I was working with that idea when I wrote the novel Kat’s Dreams. It’s about some of those impactful moments that show us more than we’ve seen before. The main character Kat has recently met a man named Paul whom she can’t stop thinking about, and that’s an exciting moment of life for her. However, they both have some other impactful moments – moments of mortality, and limitation, and failure – that they need to work through before their relationship can deepen. I think that what emerges for them in the middle of that difficult work is part of the beauty of their story. Kat’s discovering anew the people in her life who are supporting and encouraging her, and Paul even has her suspecting that she sees blessing every which way she looks.
It’s like in the book of Genesis where God promises Jacob: “your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, . . . and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring” (Gen 28:14). God does this amazing thing of turning something like dust into an image of blessing, an image of abundant blessing. But God does amazing things with dust. God forms humanity from the dust of the ground, creating promise, hope, love, and joy, and even now God breathes the breath of life into the dust of our days.
In the approach of Lent this year, I’m hoping to find in the dust a reminder of the miraculous things that God does. What about you? What are you hoping to remember?
(Adapted from Smith’s essay “What God Does with Dust,” originally published in the February 28, 2022, issue of Bearings Online.)
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