By Faith We Traveled–a Funny Story
by Joan C. Benson
Pushed along by speeding cars from Virginia to Pennsylvania, Marjorie and I sensed we were on a God-mission, our first national Christian writers’ conference. We were an unlikely match—two writers who had never met before, one vision impaired and the other directionally challenged.
Being the driver with no inner compass, I left nothing to chance. I carried boldfaced written directions in my lap. I had “Miss Google” dictating from a tablet while “Lucille” communicated from my car’s GPS. However, road construction threw all our best efforts amuck a few times. So, we prayed, and also guessed. Did we ever arrive? Indeed, the Lord delivered us to our sweet destiny.
Marjorie and I bonded as spiritual sisters, and became a scene to behold while working our way through the conference masses. My dear friend held my elbow while waving her wand, saying, “Vision impaired … coming through.” Everyone was gracious and helpful.
We made many lasting friends at that Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference. We were spiritually inspired by the sessions. We learned much about the craft of writing and the daunting chores of marketing. I met an agent who took a chance on this unknown author, resulting in my debut historical fiction, His Gift, being released by Elk Lake Publishing in 2020. Marjorie has now also published her first children’s picture book.
Often, we can’t see where God’s path will take us until we dare to follow. I don’t know when I have ever prayed so hard, laughed so much, and heard from the Lord with such clarity. I encourage you to take that step of faith when you feel His calling. See where it leads. It will be good.
Joan C Benson is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author/speaker. She has written for thirty years in educational publishing. Her work has been published in multiple Christian magazines and LifeWay Publishing’s children’s ministry. Her debut historical fiction novel, His Gift, was published by Elk Lake Publishing in 2020, and can be found on her website: https://www.joancbenson.com.