By Sandy Nadeau
My latest novel is called, Rescue Me. I wanted to write something pertaining to emergency workers since my husband spent five years as a volunteer firefighter. Not only do they put their lives on the line on every call they receive, but they still have personal lives and issues to deal with like everyone else. I wanted to write a story that blended those elements. They can also have a whole lot of fun as you’ll also see in my book.
In this story, Ronnie has to deal with loss and grief. She has sworn off dating firefighters. She used to date Steve, a firefighter, and she would even admit to herself that she was in love with him.
When I started out, I really didn’t know what the depth of her grief was, but as her story unfolded, so did her grief. All of us have to deal with some level of grief. Some loss may feel deeper than others, but all are equally difficult for the one going through it. It should never be minimized, the pain is real and in a sense, necessary. Ronnie’s grief is from losing her firefighter father in a fire as he was trying to save another firefighter.
Ronnie had allowed her grief to stop her from experiencing life. She let it stand in the way of her own happiness. Have you ever put yourself in that position? I know I have. Loss of a loved one is such a difficult challenge. Heartbreak is an all-consuming entity. It’s also oppressive.
Then we find Steve, our hero. Again, as the story unfolded, Steve “let me know” that he had some guilt issues to deal with that niggled at his mind trying to rob him of peace. He does all he can to hold onto his faith to see him through it.
Ronnie has an important lesson to learn about how she needs to trust God. No matter the situation, the pain, the trial, we have to believe that God is in control, that He knows what we’re going through and He will see us through it. It’s still hard, and trusting is one of the hardest things to learn, but it’s still one of the most important things.
As Ronnie learns that trust, in an on-going process with the help of a close friend and Steve, she begins to let the chains loosen on her heart. But when tested, can she hold on to that trust? Can you?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Trust Him in ALL things and lean on Him. He loves you!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado and shared those experiences with others by taking them up in the mountains. Her writing experience includes a community news column in a small newspaper for twelve years, magazine articles and two novels with adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Married for a whopping 40 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their three grandchildren after the big move to Texas. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.