There is this something that you have to do.
Something that is tickling the back of your conscience.
It pops up at the most random times of the day.
Or floats across your brain as your about to fall asleep at night.
When this thought of “this something you have to do” does come to mind you push it away soundly and with confidence, knowing that if you do have to look at it, you may in fact then need to pray about it and seek God for the answer of this thing that you have to do.
But if right from the start you ignore it — then there is no need to deal with it.
Have you ever felt that? This was me earlier this year. I had begun my writing career with a small amount of confidence and more wondering how this writing journey would unfold. Writing can be such an island and for us introverts, this is a welcomed career choice. All alone. In my writing education the word COMMUNITY popped up, again and again.
As a church we are a people together.
As a village we are a people together.
At workplaces we are people together.
In a family we are people together.
I had already considered blogging but quickly dismissed it as “not for me” but with this word COMMUNITY pressing on my heart I had a thought that I should pray, consider, and ask God what He wanted to do through me with my writing and did that include blogging? Again and again when the thought of blogging popped in my heart I would push it aside.
What if God required something really hard to do through my blogging?
What if this dream of writing never really worked out the way that I wanted because God had taken over and made it His?
What if I didn’t like God’s plan for my life and writing?
Better to ignore the call of God than have to wrestle and make a decision about my calling.
It’s too unknown.
It’s too scary.
It’s too stretching and way out of my comfort zone.
I don’t want to deal with it.
For months and months I ignored the call of God. Despite myself, His gentle prodding nudges me along. Freewill is always a factor. But I do think that if we continuously ignore the call of God and habitually push His words aside, we will become very good at it and soon it will become a natural reflex — to ignore the call of God on my life.
Do not ignore the call of God.
Yes it will be scary. Yes it will push you out of your comfort zone. Yes it may not be exactly your dream. But God, according to His promises knows us better than we ourselves do. And if we come to Him with open hearts — with possibilities — ASKING for His will to be done in our calling. THEN He will give us an answer. And it will be better than anything that we could ever imagine.
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
Luke 11: 10-13 MSG
By: Sharon Schuler
photo credit: Pixabay
Hi! I’m Sharon. Welcome to my blog ‘A Place Called Home’ – The feeling of being at ‘Home’ is something that looks so different for each one of us, but is completely universal; as we each have our ‘home’; by living the life where we are at on purpose and with some encouragement!