I was driving to the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference a few years back and I was praying and listening to the Newsboys tape (my car is old) that my husband made for me. I was praying through book three of the Blood of Kings trilogy (From Darkness Won) because I was stuck and didn’t know how I was going to end the thing! I had this epic, Tolkien-esque adventure, and I had readers emailing me how much they loved it, and I was feeling all this pressure to end it well, but I didn’t know what to do.
So I was praying, and I had just passed Multnomah Falls, which is one of my most favorite places in the whole world. So beautiful. And I suddenly tuned out of my prayer and into the music. And I heard, “All the powers of darkness tremble at what they’ve just heard. All the powers of darkness can’t drown out a single word.”
And I knew exactly what I needed to do to end my trilogy! I was beside myself praising God for using the Newsboys’ song He Reigns to answer my prayer, and when I got to the writer’s conference, I ran to find my editor, Jeff Gerke, and told him how I figured out how to end the war and he was, like, “Yes!”
Anyway… when you get stuck in your writing or in your life, you never know what God might use to help you through it. It might be a song, a kind word from a friend, a bird, an email. Trust that he is listening to your prayers and he will answer, just maybe not in the way you expected an answer.
Here’s the music video for “He Reigns.” Listen for the lines that saved From Darkness Won! Coolness, huh?