by Linda Robinson
Recently, while waiting for my editor to finish the first pass of my third book-to-be, my doctor informed me I needed major surgery. Given only six days to prepare for six weeks of incapacitation, my mind went berserk. I had a book signing and other events scheduled and would miss our church’s Easter cantata and special Sunday service-all depressing thoughts.
Since I’m normally a person whose glass is never half-empty, I grabbed a note pad and planned how to get everything essential done. While recouping, I could edit my current WIP and write my heart out. Besides, after about ten days, light chores wouldn’t be a problem.
I quickly jotted down several to-do items and put a star next to Finish and take 2013 taxes to CPA and Give my baby a bath (a Maltese dog ?).
Then my hubby, who loves his food and is always thinking of his next meal, asked if I planned to prepare a few and freeze them. Not! I informed him there were enough restaurants and fast food places he could frequent and do take outs. He’s easy going. No problem.
Two days before surgery, my editor returned my manuscript sooner than predicted, but I barely had time to scan it. I shot her an email about my unexpected detour.
First, let me admit it. I was wrong. In my twenties and thirties, I bounced back from surgery in record time, but now that I’m…um, more mature, not so. The next three weeks were full of little bumps and one huge pothole in the road. Sitting at the computer proved impossible.
I’m convinced God uses every incident for His purposes, and I gave all my pains and worries to Him. Another confession: I tried to take them back more than once, but that proved futile. He blessed me again and again. Though physically unable to write at the desktop or on a laptop, my brain never stopped creating, and I jotted down many ideas for stories, blogs and composite characters.
Friends with whom I hadn’t corresponded in years contacted me after they saw posts on Facebook by my church family and friends who were praying for recovery. What blessings!
When feeling a little down, I walked out into my patio garden-and later, outside in the yard-and took pictures of God’s glorious beauty displayed like paintings on canvas and posted them on Facebook. Hummingbirds frequented the suction-cupped window feeders outside every room and lifted my spirits. I thanked God it was springtime, my favorite time of year.
Much better now, I’m raring to write. My heart’s desire is that my words and future books will instill or renew a belief and faith in a Holy God in all who read them.
In relation to writing, have any of you had an incident, big or small, mental or physical, that caused you to depend solely on the Father to see you through and keep you motivated to write for Him?
Linda Robinson is the author of two published novels. She’s an active member of her local Writers’ Forum, ACFW, Scribes, and others. Linda recently completed her third manuscript, in addition to guest-blogging and writing fiction and non-fiction humorous short stories for magazines and contests. Find out more about Linda by visiting her web site and reading her blogs at: http://lindarobinson.tateauthor.com, on Facebook and Twitter.