By Beth K. Vogt
There are times my journey along the writing road is more of a plod than a sprint. I drag myself forward, determined to focus on the finish line – be it a deadline or a conference or even a 300 word blog post. Interruptions feel like personal affronts meant to derail my dreams … and really, is that my voice? The one snapping at my husband that he doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a writer who works from home – when truly, he is the most understanding of men?
At times like these, when I find myself looking for the exit ramp off the writing road, God always provides encouragement. How? Usually he directs another writer to form a human barrier and block my path, while reminding me that God is bigger than all this. That I’ve been here before. That I’m not doing this writer’s life alone.
Tacked up on the wall beside my desk is a prayer sent to me by one such writer friend. Camille Eide and I met last year at the ACFW conference. (Along with the My Book Therapy retreats, this is a must-attend conference for me.) From the get-go, I liked this woman. She’s talented, yes indeed. But more than that, she’s real. And she writes honest.
Last January I wrote a blog where I apologized to my family and friends for having to live with writer-me. Today I share with you the words Camille prayed for me:
Please bless the work of our fingers and the sacrifices of our time with family. Guide the words our hearts tumble out, may they make Jesus a little clearer to someone and be eternally worth every moment spent arranging them on the page.
No matter where you are in your writing journey – pre-published or published, slogging along or running like an Olympian – may you embrace the hope woven through Camille’s prayer. Take time to ask God to guide the words your heart tumbles out. Ask that the words you write are used to bring others one step closer to Jesus. Ask God to remind you that your moments spent writing are never, ever wasted.
How’s it going along the writing road for you? What helps you keep moving forward?