by Linda Robinson
Writing was not in my plans. Notice I said MY plans. I’m long past my prime. I can only imagine the joy and fulfillment I’ve missed by not avidly seeking God’s plan for my life long ago. I’ve been a Christian since I was fourteen, and I’ve always thanked and praised Him for all His blessings. But, until a few years ago, I hadn’t put much emphasis on asking God what He wanted me to do for Him.
I’ve dearly loved to read since first grade. I’ve always written long detailed letters and emails to friends, penned a few poems, and scribbled sporadically in journals. But I never once dreamed of writing books. I spent years saying God didn’t give me any special talents, that I could do many things okay-but nothing outstanding. An introvert prone to stage fright, I never spoke at an event of any kind. I was perfectly happy sitting in my usual pew at church enjoying the talents and efforts of others.
Four years ago, after hearing the umpteenth sermon about how God gives each of us at least one talent, I began to pray and ask Him to reveal a special one He had given me. The first thing I felt Him leading me to do was sing in the choir. Never! When all my “I can’t, because…” excuses failed to bring me peace, I obeyed. With God’s help, I eventually mastered the stage fright. I can’t describe the blessings I received-not only from singing praises to Him, but from knowing I was obeying His will for me.
But then came the BIG test…when I knew God was leading me to write a story that honored Him. I couldn’t, didn’t want to, and I wouldn’t! Except…I had promised Him I would continue to obey His will for me. I struggled with the decision, said it was a waste of time because it would never get published, and worried that others would criticize my writing. Again, peace eluded me. I had to write the manuscript, but I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I had to rely on God-his Word for daily encouragement, and many answered prayers for strength and ability.
Imagine my surprise when the manuscript was accepted for publication! There were several major obstacles along the journey of writing, re-writing, editing, and publishing-not the least of which were a house flood and my husband’s sudden heart surgery.
The end result was not only rewarding-it was life-changing. Because of my obedience to God, He blessed me with a passion for writing. I live to write stories that honor and glorify Him, both fiction and non-fiction. This month, two years after the release of When Love Abounds, my second novel, Rails of Freedom, was released, and I’m currently writing a third manuscript. I serve an awesome God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
What about you? Are you called to write?
Linda Robinson lives in Alabama with her husband and their boss, a Maltese dog she named Joy. In addition to her hobbies of reading, writing, and flower gardening, she and her husband are active members of their church and sing in the choir.