publish at a later time. But fiction, my passion, seemed impossible for me. Oh, I made attempts at new novels, but could never make it past the first chapter.
Francine Rivers, a bestselling Christian author, shares that for a time God withheld her ability to write. After she became a Christian, she thought her writing career had ended. But God used that time in her life to cultivate her spiritual growth in preparation for the work he had planned for her.
Her novels have had a powerful impact on thousands of people throughout the world, especially “Redeeming Love,” which is a fictionalized retelling of the prophet Hosea and his marriage to a prostitute. This story has brought tears and healing to women all over the globe.
I think of this non-creative spell in my life as “the desert years,” where I was being prepared like Moses, John the Baptist, or even Jesus, in a place as dry as the desert and lonely as the wilderness. These years were
invaluable in the lessons they taught me about God, about myself, and about our desperate need for His forgiveness and love.
As the stories pour from me now in a steady stream of words and ideas, I pray God will bless my work and that I can be used by Him to touch hearts and lives. I pray that my time of suffering can be redeemed through the impact my words have on others.