October 31. Day 31. Post number 27. I’ve missed 4 days, but they were intentional. God didn’t direct me to write so I didn’t.
As much as I’ve enjoyed this past month, I’m glad today is the last day. Because I’m ready to breathe. I’m ready to do exactly what the purpose is behind this blog and savor the goodness of God. I’m ready to sit back, exhale in satisfaction and accomplishment, then deeply inhale His rest. I’m ready to go back and actually read all of these posts again because they came from God…not just from my head! I can’t wait to read the earlier posts from the perspective I have now as the challenge comes to a close.
I’m ready to savor His faithfulness, for this month has been a huge testimony of how His ways are higher than ours and that He WILL show up when we continue to follow where He leads and trust Him. For many years I sowed into other people. God didn’t have me investing my time directly into what my interests were. Or when I did, progress seemed almost non existent. In the many days and nights of crying out to Him, wondering ‘God when is it going to be ‘my’ time…’my’ turn…am I laboring in vain and wasting my time?’, He would simply respond ‘The bigger the building, the deeper the foundation. You’re still pouring foundation.’
He would also bring to mind the story of the Chinese bamboo tree. Once planted, it takes years for the Chinese bamboo to finally break the surface and have visible growth. But once it does, it can appear to be an ‘overnight success’ – growing at an extremely rapid rate.
I’m definitely feeling a bit like the Chinese bamboo. I dove head first into this writing adventure not having a clue what to expect. I wasn’t even sure that I would make it to this point. But I’ve connected with God and seen Him work in ways that are far beyond my comprehension.
I’m now part of an amazing supportive blogging community and the people I have ‘met’ have been such a blessing. I’ve seen myself grow…my first post of this challenge took me a while because it actually required effort to ‘just write’ without trying to edit along the way. Now I’m not even worried about it. I’ve seen how God can show up and work even in the midst of imperfection. It’s not my responsibility to hit a home run every time. I just have to hit the ball and allow Him to carry it over the fence.
I haven’t made a plan for how I’m going to continue this…whether I’m just going to write when God gives me something or if I’m going to stick to a certain schedule. But I know that first I’ll be taking some days to go brain dead and rest. 🙂
Thank you for joining me in this journey…for your encouragement and supportive comments. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future…the best is yet to come!
Image Credit: Erin Kass