Being out on the road, we don’t get much time for television. We don’t have a satellite hookup in the truck with the myriad of various cable channels that are offered (usually accompanied by a hefty monthly price tag). If we stop long enough we occasionally will tune our television into the local channels. Since joining my husband in our rig three years ago, I really have not watched much television. And, I don’t miss it. However, I do like to have a little entertainment now and then. I’ve been pretty picky about what I watch, and it’s limited to what I find available on premium services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. I’ve watched several series, from start to finish – or am waiting for the next installment to appear. In the meantime, I discover other series that I most likely would not have watched while I was at home. Just the other day, I started watching a new series, and after two episodes, I have discovered what I think will be a gem of a series, and one worth my time – you know, the kind that entertain you while they also teach some great truths.
“One sometimes has to go against his or her nature, to dig deep into the dark trenches of life, one has to be willing to lose everything in order to gain what God has shaped them for. Because there’s a cost to the things that matter most in life and it’s in that sacrifice that we find our true treasure.” Those words are spoken by the character of Elizabeth Thatcher, on the series When Calls the Heart (Season One, Episode two: Cease and Desist). They were pretty close to being the closing words for that particular episode. And, those are words that can inspire each of us.
When we step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown it can be very scary. We don’t know exactly just what we are going to face. We ask ourselves questions like “do I have what it takes?,” or “what if I don’t succeed?,” or “this seems like an impossible situation, why am I even bothering?,” or “am I willing to work that hard?” Those are some of the questions that most of us ponder when facing the unknown. It’s unsettling for sure, and sometimes simply outright intimidating. For if we didn’t rise to the occasion and face the challenges head on, we won’t learn truths about ourselves. We would never know just what we can accomplish.
“If you can accomplish your dream on your own, your dream is too small.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes, The Potter’s House Church. I’ve heard that saying in one form or another a few times, meaning that if you can accomplish something all on your own, then your dream is not big enough, and it’s not from God. God doesn’t call those who were most qualified, instead, God equips those whom He calls to do that which He has called them to do. Look at the criteria that God used in the Bible: Moses studdered, Jacob cheated Esau out of his birthright, Thomas was a doubter, Sarah took matters into her own hand, Gideon worried, Martha complained, David covered up adultery with a murder, Paul (as Saul) advocated and participated in the murder and persecution of the early Christians. Each of those great people in the Bible had serious flaws, which if listed on their resume would have precluded them from the job to which they were called. Even so, each of these people left behind a legacy to which others can aspire. And, because God called them, He equipped them to accomplish His purpose.
In my case, it’s writing and sharing about God. After all, who am I? I was someone who couldn’t write well at all, seriously, not at all! I struggled with writing most of my life and was a near failure at it in grade and high school. I stumbled through writing in College, and learned what I needed to know about writing for my professional life. When it comes to my faith, I’ve always stumbled when trying to come up with words to express what it means to me. So to talk about my faith, in writing no less, is a God-sized challenge.
Yet, He’s called me to write about Him. What do I know? Well, God has granted me some ability to now be able to share the lessons that He’s taught me. And, with a little bit of Bible College, quite a bit of experiences, and a share of hard knocks, in my lifetime, God has convinced me that I have something to share. Who sees these musings and responds to God is up to Him – it’s all for His glory, not mine. My expressions that you read here, really and truly come from God. Just as He directs my steps and dictates my path, He puts the ideas into my head for this blog, and shapes the words and message as it flows through my fingers to the keyboard of my iPad. Writing this blog about my faith is not something that I could ever do on my own, nor is it something I would have undertaken under my own power. And while it may not be quite a big sacrifice on my part to write about what God places on my heart, as Elizabeth Thatcher said in the quote above, I do find that it’s now become my treasure.
Has God called you to a challenge or dream?
If so, what God-size challenge has God assigned to you?
How are you preparing yourself to face the challenge?
Believing God, trusting God, adoring God, walking with God, growing with God, confessing to God, talking with God, listening to God, learning with God – it’s the Heart of the Journey ❤️