Hello Blog World! I have missed you!
You never realize how important something is to you until it’s taken away. Or should I say, until the possibility of it being taken away is presented. Over the last few weeks I have struggled with the path that God has me on with my writing. I have not written in a few weeks, and perhaps it was two-fold: 1) the holidays seemed to take over from Thanksgiving to New Years, and all the events and activities that come with it, and 2) My stubborn, rebellious, personality was seeping through. I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. It felt like I was stagnant in life, even after several people told me to keep writing, when they read my posts they are right there with me, and the words of encouragement spoke to them. Perhaps in my mind I thought: well, I’ll show God, I won’t write anymore until I get what I want. As I typed that just now I had to laugh – like I am going to change His mind, like I can control Him, and the path He has for me. Can anyone else relate? Have you ever done that? If so, then you know where I’m going next.
Then came the moment God stepped in. Please tell me I am not the only one He does that to! Isn’t that just like a loving parent? For He tells us, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Cor. 6:14 NIV). Parents may allow the child to pout, go their own way for a moment, and then they step in to correct the situation! If that has ever happened to you, that is the moment you know – You are loved! It may not feel like it, but remember He tells us He is our Father and “do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son (and daughter). Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons (and daughters)” (parenthesis mine Heb. 12:5b-7a NIV). Oh we may not like it, but deep down we know it is for our good.
The recent good for me was the possibility, due to my stubbornness, to lose my blog site. To you it may be something different; something, or someone, you may be taking for granted; something, or someone, you think you are tired of. If that something is part of God’s plan for you – trust me. He will step in. In the Old Testament Job had this realization when he said to God, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2 NIV). When the realization starred me right in the eyes that I was locked out of my blog site all of a sudden I realized, wait – I love writing. I want to write. I love that when I write I have to search the scriptures to seek God, and his direction. By my writing it draws me closer to Him. There’s a passion that lies deep within that not only will I glean a fresh Word, but that you will also. That perhaps God will speak to you in a way that only you know and understand. I pray that He does! At the moment I thought it was gone I wanted to cry, and thought Oh God please forgive me, and please let me get back in! Maybe I’m the only one that has felt that way. If so, let me tell you, it is not fun!
But God, in all his mercy allowed me to feel the sorrow, the momentary loss, and realize how important it really is to me. How important He really is to me. I wish I could promise God that I will never be stubborn again. My best efforts to avoid it will be put forth, along with the verse that reminds me of the journey we are on together, “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’ (Jer. 29:11 NIV). Behind that Job’s voice will echo in my ear – His plan cannot be thwarted.
As 2014 comes to a close there is a light that flickers in the distance where the paths we are on call our names. Who knows what 2015 has in store for each of us? The successes and setbacks, the smiles and sorrows, who knows but God. We will make plans, and visualize our dreams, all the while behind the scenes Christ presents us to the King! Let’s embrace 2015 with a fresh mind’s eye view of our journey, and remind ourselves He is right there with us – every step of the way.
So Hello Blog World! We meet again! Join with me in 2015 in the P1:12P journey. Let’s walk our paths together!
*picture by wilsonmar