Sometimes we want to run when we haven’t yet to learned to walk….But Zechariah 4:10 tells us “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”
YOU WANT ME TO WHAT?
I am new to blogging. I don’t now where to start or where the blog should go. Should it be connected to the other blog posts? Is it like a novela where you just keep getting deeper and deeper into a story? Somebody give me a map!
You are probably laughing at me right now, as nearly everyone on earth blogs and reads blogs. I am just not that social media, blog/vlog, check this link out type of person. But when God himself directs your path, you forget who you think you are, accept the challenge, and enjoy the ride!
I am familiar with small beginnings, but I prefer being catapulted into competency (don’t we all? Or is that just me?) I wonder why our fleshly preferences are always so backwards from God’s wisdom. Do you ever want to start at the top, then realize, there is a reason for beginning at step 1?
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9)
One of the reasons this blog came about was that I originally had a charge to write a book, but it was just too overwhelming. I am much too distracted, and I write much too comprehensively, meaning I want to include everything except the kitchen sink. Maybe I do this because I feel you somehow need to know everything right away, or maybe because I am like a 13-year old wanting to prove they are responsible by taking the car for a joyride. For whatever reason, the fact remains: it’s too much too soon.
Seeing my overwhelm as a sign that I am not ready for any sort of catapult, I moved on from a book to a blog. I was confused by this because when God tells us something (write a book) don’t we need to roll up our sleeves and just do it? Just… make it happen? I felt like He had played a trick on me. Why tell me to write a book if what He really meant was write blog posts?
He gave me a vision, and my heart ran straight for the finish line.
But I know He does this because He knows me and He knows I needed to have that reality check moment where I surrender to the fact that I can’t do it my way. This stage in my thought process reminds me of Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”. He gave me a vision, and my heart ran straight for the finish line.
It was as if God gave me the larger challenge and allowed me to see, learn, that I cannot do it. I cannot go straight for the finish line. The result I am finding by going back to step 1 is that I will better appreciate the art & process of writing and better listen to his guidance, one piece at a time.
This is the beauty of small beginnings…Its growing the discipline of writing when you don’t feel like it, and the humility to share things most would prefer to keep private.
Appreciating Small Beginnings
This is the beauty of small beginnings. The building of habits, the fostering of ideas and character. Its the learning to sit still at the park waiting for the right word or the best way to express yourself. Its growing the discipline of writing when you don’t feel like it, and the humility to share things most would prefer to keep private. Its loosing that awkwardness that comes when you are learning to walk. Its finding your voice.
Small beginnings are necessary for us all. We need to put down our impulse to go straight for the spectacular and be diligent in creating a consistent left-right, left-right rhythm in front of us. We need to find the beauty in the “drudgery” of everyday as Oswald Chambers puts it, and learn to walk alongside, not ahead of, my teacher…my Father in Heaven.
Lord, thank you for teaching me the beauty of the beginning. Show me to acknowledge every gift you give, from waking up in the morning, to the smile on a child’s face, and a hard lesson learned on the way to a worthwhile finish line. Make me fully alive to every step of the journey you are taking me on. Let your will be done and let my will align with it. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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