Hope in Darkness

 Lorie Reichel Howe encourages NCWA writers on our journey.

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Even the darkness will not be dark to You;

the night will shine like the day,

                                           for darkness is as light to You.

                                          Psalm 139:12 (NIV)

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My friend thanked me for writing a devotional that encouraged her heart. Her words penetrated my heart like a needed heart therapy. Life is challenging for authors. How I wish writing was like it was in grade school. You turn in your work; the teacher reads your work, grades and returns it. Good teachers find something positive to compliment. Sometimes you get a smiley face.

It’s not like that in today’s writing world. Just getting a publisher to look at your work takes tremendous labor and luck. Getting them to publish your writing takes an act of God. My friend had a few exciting months of publishers responding, “Yes, we’d like to see your work.” She is now experiencing the painful wave of, “We’ve looked at it and will pass.” These are the words that make an hourly paid job an appealing relief.

Part of writing is searching for the right home for your work. The searching time can leave you feeling homeless. When open doors are closed shut, the light of desired possibilities is extinguished leaving you in darkness.

Christ experienced three hours of darkness at Calvary. Rejections were hurled at him, he was mocked, blackness filled the world and his soul, but resurrection followed. What’s amazing is our nocturnal God, unlike us, has the ability to see and work in the dark. In absolute blackness, he conquered sin, death, demonic forces, and the power of Hell.

I’m curious what God is working in the darkness of my friend’s life. I believe an incredible story is being crafted in her life and that will eventually be a story worth writing about.

Quotes to Consider:

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer–Corrie ten Boom

Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His Hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete–Pierre Teilhard do Chardin

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This post appeared on LRH Books blog,  September 8, 2010.  Reposted here by kind permission.

Lorie, a teacher at heart, longs to awaken hearts and minds to the joy of a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Lorie’s passion for God and His Truth directed her path from the classroom to an author’s desk, where she now spends time writing Bible studies, articles and devotionals. Lorie’s love for God’s Word, coupled with her own transparency in sharing her personal struggles, inspires others to allow God’s Word to transform their lives. Lorie has been a member of NCWA since 2006. She served as Vice-President and President before moving to California.

Visit Lorie’s web page at: http://www.lrhbooks.com
and her blog at: http://lrhbooks.wordpress.com

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