I’m beginning the third week of this journey toward bravery today. It’s been interesting to see writing become a habit in my life. It’s been even more interesting to see the stories God is giving me to write about and how they are related to the devotions. I wasn’t sure that the ideas would come as easily as they have, but the words have flowed, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
Today’s devotion is about the mind. We all have a lot on our minds. From work to family, to spouse, to friends, it seems never-ending. Then, there are all the things the world says we should care about. No wonder a good majority of us suffer from information overload. We don’t know what to do with everything that is being thrown at us.
God has an answer (You probably suspected I would say that. 🙂 ) Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” God wants us to put Him first and not anyone else. He wants us to live in this world like we’re passing through it and not like we are taking up residence to stay forever like many of us do. How many of us can truly say that we have let God transform our minds to consider Him and others first before we consider ourselves? A hard question, to be sure, and one that, for me, is a continual work in progress.
Another thing the mind can give us is ideas, or sparks like in today’s title. Each of my writing ideas has come from a spark, a spark which has hopefully blessed you. It has taken me years to call myself a writer in public, but I finally decided that this ability is what God has blessed me with, and that the least I can do is be honest about my gift with the people I come in contact with. If it is meant for me to be published, God will make it happen. My job right now is to write, write, and write some more.
At the beginning of this post, I promised you a story about sparks. Yesterday, I was at church when a man came up front to speak before the offering. He talked about the mission our church supports in another country. Planning is underway for this summer’s trip. (A group usually goes every summer to do things like construction, Vacation Bible School, and anything else that might be needed.) Anyway, when this man said we wouldn’t be bringing Jesus to this mission, that we would meet Jesus there, I heard a voice in my head. ‘You need to sign up.’
I responded (in my head, of course). ‘What! God, you know I can’t. You know what my checking account looks like. My sons aren’t done with college yet. There’s no extra money floating around.’
It was quiet for a moment. Then, I heard the voice again. ‘Do you think I don’t know that, dear daughter? I know all of it, and I still want you to go. It will answer a lot of your questions about what comes next.’
I had more comments to make during this inward conversation, mostly superfluous. But, then God said something that stopped me in my tracks. ‘Do you trust me?’ I haven’t done the best job of showing that recently. I’ve been overwhelmed by a number of circumstances which have made me lose my joy and my bravery. (which is why I started this series of blog posts) By this time, the service was almost over. I had a choice, really, it was only one choice. ‘Yes, God, I trust you, and I will show you I trust you without a safety net.’ I made my way over to the gentleman who coordinated this effort and told him of my interest. I felt a releasing of the tightness of fear from my chest when I said the words. Stepping out in faith, I said to myself. Stepping out in faith.
And this is why I entitled today’s post “Trusting in Sparks.” God is teaching me to be brave so I can be free of guilt and shame. He wants to change the world through me and through the sparks (ideas) he gives me. Praying for continued trust in our Lord and Savior!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!