By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Recently, I spoke with two professionals in the writing industry. Both of them told me the same thing … because I am not of a certain population group, I cannot write the book I have been researching for the past year.
Needless to say, their pronouncement did not go over well with my way of thinking. After the discouragement passed, thanks to the wise counsel of Pilot and several friends, plus talking it over with God, I got my back up a bit.
“Oh, yeah? Who says?”
I’ve pondered and considered my options on this matter of writing a book I’ve been told I can’t write. Told I can’t write, not because of a lack of research, facts, or ability. But because of who I am.
What I keep coming back to, without sounding mystical or anything like that, is the fact I strongly believe the book I plan to write is a book God wants me to write. And I’m going to forge ahead.
It may take courage and persistence on my part. It may take a firm faith in the belief God’s with me in this. It may take stubbornness. But hey. I’ve got the stubbornness-thing down.
My friend, Mike Dillingham, said it rather nicely. “Because I’m not blind guess that means I can’t write about a blind sled dog.” He wrote three books about his blind sled dog, Rivers.
This incident has me pondering a story from the Old Testament which I adore. The story of Queen Esther. Her courageous story encompasses an entire book. One of the take-aways from Esther’s story is who can say but she was placed in the palace for such a time as this to accomplish God’s plan?
Most of us are not living in a palace, but each of us has been given a task to do. Maybe even several tasks. If God’s tugging at our hearts to step out and do what he’s calling us to, we need to be careful not to shrug it off. God’s will is going to be completed. One way or the other. Wouldn’t it be great for us to be the ones who step up and git ‘er done?
Is there something you believe God’s nudging you to do? Something maybe a little scary? A little outside your comfort zone? Some place you feel he’s asking you to be a light for him in a dark world?
Who knows…maybe you were brought to this place for such a time as this.
Sometimes you gotta’ go uninvited. Sometimes you gotta’ speak when you don’t have the floor. Sometimes you gotta’ move when everybody else says you should stay...
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If you keep quiet at a time like this, God will deliver the Jews from some other source, but you and your relatives will die; what’s more, who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14 TLB
I wish you well.
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If you’ve not viewed the movie or read the book about Queen Esther, One Night With the King, you might find it worth your time. I know I did.
Thanks, Carla. “sometimes you’ve gotta go when everybody else says you should stay…”
Thanks, Shirley. As you know, it takes courage to swim against the tide in this world of writing.