Writing – A Sacred Adventure

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Writers travel a sacred adventure—a journey of the soul fueled by the opportunity to touch the lives of countless people.

We have been given a treasured gift, the gift of writing.

Writing is not an easy journey, but it’s one filled with holiness.

Writing is a path each writer takes alone, but in the stillness, we hear from God.

Writing is filled with human rejection, but God is glorified when He is honored.

Critique partners, readers, editors, family members, friends, and professional critics all have an opinion about the quality of what we do. And they are free with their questions and advice. Our writing may never equate to the world’s definition of success, but God has a special place in eternity for those who follow Him in obedience.

Sometimes inappropriate comments sound like this:

  • How much money have you invested in your hobby?
  • Why aren’t you published?
  • I read your story. Good thing you have a day job to pay the bills.
  • You’re out of control. We all agree you’re eccentric, bizarre, and need meds.
  • You’re spending way too much time on something that won’t happen.
  • Give it up. Your writing is horrible.

The good news is God accepts us unconditionally. He never abandons us. As Christians, if we haven’t had the experience of gut-wrenching fear for the future, putting our trust in God, and closing our eyes to everything but God—trust me, friends, we will. In weak moments, we ask ourselves if the goal of publication is worth the sacrifice. Maybe we need to go back to a normal life, whatever that is.

When I feel alone, my thoughts go back to God. We can always find a biblical character who survived what seemed like the impossible. From those ancient accountings, we find encouragement.

Abraham: How could he father a nation without a son from Sarah?

Moses: How, with a speech problem and wanted for murder, could he lead his people out of Egypt? He also wrote the first 5 books of the Bible.

Joseph: How could he serve God in prison and be forsaken by his brothers?

Ruth: How could she find food for her and Naomi when she was a foreigner in a land that resented her?

Deborah: How could she lead soldiers into battle when she was a woman?

Mary: How could a virgin give birth to the Son of God?

Peter: How could he lead the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection when he’d denied Him three times?

Paul: How could he teach others about Jesus when he’d condoned the deaths and imprisonment of believers?

You and I: How can we follow Christ with our writing in a world filled with unknowns? How can we move one step in front of the other with what we might be facing?

The answer is always the same. God is with us and for us. He knows the past, the present, and the future. With Him all things are possible. Have faith in His promises.

Psalm 27:1 ESV
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 41:13 ESV
For I, the Lord your God,
 hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
 I am the one who helps you.”
Our challenges in life are sacred adventures, holy to God. Treasure them, grow from them, and never forget our God who is in charge.

The Biblical references below show God’s love and promise to not abandon us.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:5
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Isaiah 41:13
  • Isaiah 43:1-2
  • Psalm 62:8
  • Psalm 55:22
  • Psalm 37:3
  • James 1:5-6

Has there been a time in your life when all you had left was a fragile strand of faith in God and His purpose for your life?