A while back, I surveyed a writing group I was in about what they saw as the most important core values for a writer.
The desire to follow God’s call to write was one of those identified. The Bible talks of God giving us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4 NLT).
For me this is a scripture that can be taken two ways.
The most obvious is there is something I desire and He gives it to me. It could be a new or better job, a new house, a better car, a Christian spouse, a relative’s or friend’s salvation, healing for myself or someone else. Sometimes, it’s something as basic as money to pay the electric bill or buy food.
The other way is He places the desire in our heart and, through the Holy Spirit and time with Him, it comes alive and becomes what we desire. I think this is where we encounter His plan for our lives and step out in faith to walk it out.
My writing life came about because He placed that desire in me. I’ve always loved to read. Anything. Cereal boxes. Old magazines in the barber shop back in the day when men went to barbers and women went to beauty salons. It didn’t matter. If it had words on it, I read it.
The thought of writing my own novels would niggle at the back of my mind and I would make feeble, soon-abandoned, attempts. Poetry blossomed in high school and college—more dandelions than roses.
And then came marriage, and children, and jobs. And the interest in writing waned. Working for the government requires a lot of writing. Writing for bureaucrats and the courts will drain creative juices quicker than a hole in your gas tank drains your fuel.
Thirty years after college, the desire sprang to life again. I can’t tell you what triggered it other than putting on the computer screen story images that were floating in my head.
Several years later, after a serious health crisis, I clearly heard the call to write. I knew it came from my heart but I hadn’t put it there. He had. I finally heard it and chose to obey, choosing to answer His call on my life.
I know it was His perfect timing when the call became so clear. But I can see how He trained and prepared me all my life to step into it.
And now, there is nothing else I’d rather do. Even with all the frustrations that come with writing, there is a joy and peace that can only come from Him.
What about you? What is the desire of your heart? What are you doing to fulfill it?