Timing was critical. Dianne had cancer. Her publishers worked feverishly to complete the first book before she died. They did everything in their power to make her dream happen.
In August of this year - one week before her first book was to be released - Dianne Price died without ever seeing her dream come to pass.
I didn't know Dianne so I don't know what her last thoughts might have been, but I think she left a clue in the dedication of her first book:
"Foremost, to the glory of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And for my husband and best friend, True, who always wore the “Colonel’s cap” in our family, but only with calm Christian dedication, love, and compassion. See you in Heaven, my luve!"
The words of a woman who saw with heavenly vision and knew that God's promise for her dream had already been fulfilled. She could rest secure in the knowledge that God always keeps his promises and never does anything without purpose. I think they are the words of a woman who trusts that God has plans for her dream far beyond herself. She does not need to be here to see it happen, she trusts God with her dream as she trusted him with her life.
In Luke we read the story of Simeon, a man filled with the Holy Spirit who had been promised a glimpse of the Savior before he died. He didn't have to live to see Jesus crucified and resurrected to know God would keep his promise. He saw the infant Jesus and was able to say, "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised..."
I have hopes and dreams for the stories I will write. My prayer is that I always write for God's glory, and that I trust God to fulfill the promise of those dreams in whatever way he sees fit.
What dreams do you hold in your hands and in your heart? Do you trust God to fulfill the promise of them, whether you see it happen or not?
Let's pray this for one another. I am praying for you.
Book one in the Thistle Series is Broken Wings. You can get the e-versions from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The print version will be available soon.