For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)
You may only suspect it now, you may not have embraced your calling yet, but God sowed big dreams within you. Once you feel those stirrings, working on your God-sized dreams will become the thing you CAN’T NOT do.
My story describes the beauty of the aerial view. Every now and then, God permits us to inspect the numerous events, seemingly disconnected images, decisions we made or things that happened sometimes entirely beyond our purview or control, aligning in that “all things work together for good to them who love the Lord” kind of way. This is my dream story.
When a dynamic career as a human resources executive and a life I loved imploded in the wake of a down economy, I found myself stranded in the wilderness, one of those periods in life when circumstances unsettle the foundations of everything you believe. You have no choice but to start over. Suddenly the moorings to which I anchored my public sense of self vanished. Amid praying, crying and sorting things out, writing was a trust fall off the comfortable cliff that had been my life. I wrote down my pain, wrote down my fears, I wrote pep talks for days when I’d rather lay down than stand up, and ended up with an everyday survival manual recounting the numerous ways God sustained me. I never would have made it alone.
I’d always written, though I didn’t know it would be my path. I wrote for work. I built a career and a personality on the art of communication, navigating difficult topics with ease. I inherited my father’s love of words and study and the ability to choose the best ways to communicate the right things. My faith was never off limits; it just wasn’t something about which I spoke or wrote. In the beginning, I would never have said aloud things I could write. They were too intimate, too raw, too personal. Yet I came back day after day, writing to reveal the soul of myself.
In the beginning I wasn’t sure. Then one day, my soul opened up, and things starting rushing out. It didn’t hurt. I wasn’t afraid. People reading said it made sense. I felt better. Writing became not what I did but who I was by Grace. All of a sudden, I had an aerial view. God make it clear that this is what we writers do. With our words and His Grace we light our candles in the darkness, and then we are less afraid.
Matthew Henry, in commentary on Habakkuk 2:3 wrote: We must set ourselves to observe what God will thereby say unto us, to suit our case, what word of conviction, caution, counsel, and comfort, He will bring to our souls, that we may receive it …
My story describes the beauty of the aerial view. Every step, every choice, every action or inaction in my life prepared me, propelled me to become the writer I am becoming. Through Grace, my writing lights candles in darkness leaving a trail for those who might pass this way. For me, writing is the thing I CAN’T NOT do. Where God will lead my words and my heart I do not yet know, but it is clear, this is the thing to which I have been called.
What is the thing you CAN’T NOT do? Are you brave enough to trust God, being still before Him until that thing becomes not just what you CAN’T NOT do but who you are? Be assured, God designed a revelation, a dream, solely for you.
It’s time to dream. Do you dare?
Photo Credit: Sarah Reid, Creative Commons
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Today it’s an oil cloth tote from Holley Gerth’s collection at DaySpring! Made for dreamers, these are the words on the tote: Dare to Make that difference. Take that step. Follow that dream Scripture: All things are possible with God. Mark 10:27
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