NEW WEEK NEW FACE – 14 NOVEMBER 2016 – GUEST POST – LAURA FRANTZ
Early in my writing career one of my beloved readers sent me a copy of Streams in the Desert, a favorite devotional book. I’d heard about this spiritual classic but didn’t have my own copy. Now that I look back, I see that her timing was inspired. One particular devotional serves as a continual challenge and encouragement to me and, I hope, others on all stages of their writing journey.
‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. ~Hebrews 11:8
Abraham “did not know where he was going” – it simply was enough for him to know he went with God. He did not lean as much on the promises as he did on the Promiser. And he did not look at the difficulties of his circumstances but looked to His King – the eternal, limitless, invisible, wise, and only God – who had reached down from His throne to direct his path and who would certainly prove Himself.
O glorious faith! Your works and possibilities are these: contentment to set sail with the orders still sealed, due to unwavering confidence in the wisdom of the Lord High Admiral; and a willingness to get up, leave everything, and follow Christ.
In no way is it enough to set our cheerfully with God on any venture of faith. You must also be willing to take your ideas of what the journey will be like and tear them into tiny pieces, for nothing on the itinerary will happen as you expect.
Your Guide will not keep to any beaten path. He will lead you through ways you would never have dreamed your eyes would see. He knows no fear, and He expects you to fear nothing while He is with you.’ ~Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman
My own writing journey reflects this mightily. Before publication, I was a blank slate. Green. Full of naïve hopes and dreams. In my head and heart I had my path all mapped out. My first book would be published. If really blessed I would win many readers and perhaps awards. I would earn a solid income. I would be on bestseller lists. I would never have to worry about getting another publishing contract. All my hard work would pay off.
I had always been a person who played it safe, who courted sameness, who thrived when things were planned and controlled (or so I thought). I liked to map everything out and have it go accordingly. I still don’t like speed bumps or roller coaster rides. My middle name is CALM.
But our Lord is like Aslan in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Since my debut novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, was published in 2009, I have had to be willing to take my ideas of what the journey would be like and tear them into tiny pieces, for nothing on the itinerary has happened like I expected.
While there have been many highs, there have also been many lows, days when I think that I can’t do this publishing thing any longer. Days when I want to revoke the call of writing the Lord has placed on my life. Days when I dream about doing something else or nothing at all. Days I just want to be normal and not word-obsessed like I’ve been since childhood.
But I am learning that God is like a lion. He is not safe. But He is good. And with His leading I’m on the right path with my writing even if it’s not the one I imagined it would be.
Jeremiah 29:11New International Version
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Isaiah 26:7 New American Standard Bible
The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.
Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
Laura Frantz, New Week New Face, NWNF, Love’s Reckoning, Love’s Awakening, Love’s Fortune, The Mistress of Tall Acre