Without setting, our characters float in space, undefined and ungrounded. We need setting to give us a framework in which the characters and the story move.
Some settings are utopian, others fantastical, historical, dystopian (I don’t like those), or contemporary. But every story needs to be grounded in time and place.
Just as our stories are grounded, so are our lives. And silly old saying goes like this: “Wherever you are, there you are.” I know it sounds obvious, but think about it. Everyone has to live somewhere. Some people travel the world, while others, like me, stay pretty close to home most of the time. But wherever we are, there we are.
A more productive adage is: Bloom where you’re planted.
I live on the Canadian prairies. As I write this post, the summer is winding down. My garden is nearly done, and by the time you read this, snow will most likely be upon us. I don’t particularly like snow, and I hate the cold, but this is where I’ve been planted, and it is part of what makes me who I am.
My setting is here, where God has placed me. I want to be faithful and do what I can for Him right here. At least I only have to plant one garden a year, and that’s enough for me!
Is your current setting difficult for you? Can you see some good that can come out of it? If not, perhaps your path is to remain faithful while God works it out according to His will.