Yesterday I was searching for a certain verse that I couldn’t remember, as often happens when I’m writing. I finally found it in Isaiah 30…
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21, ESV)
Wow! That’s a promise from God– and it’s sure helpful when you’re writing. Throughout the writing of Paris of London, I’ve tried to write prayerfully. God, how do you want this to go? How can I make spiritual connections for my readers? What do you want me to write? And he always told me. It was as if I heard a word behind me, saying, “This is the way…” He directed my thoughts, so that I was surprised by the spiritual aspects of the story. I’m no theologian, and I certainly don’t want to preach! I just want characters who love the Lord to speak for themselves, and wicked characters to come to justice. I want readers to be encouraged, to see God in a story of God’s work.
Something like that makes you think of the advantages the Christian writer has over the secular one. The Christian writes with a purpose–whether to bring souls into the kingdom, speak out for truth, or simply encourage the believers. We have the Bible to inspire us and show us the difference between good and evil. Best of all, if we seek the Lord with all our hearts, we have his Spirit in us, saying, “This is the way, walk in it…”