“But you–up on your feet and get dressed for work! Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say. Don’t pull your punches or I’ll pull you out of the lineup.” Jeremiah 1:17
God had holy plans for Jeremiah as he shaped him in the womb. Jeremiah didn’t feel qualified, so God told him to move–get on his feet and do what he was told. But he warned him if he does his will instead of God’s will, he’ll be put on the bench for the rest of the game.
Years ago, I felt that God had given me the challenge and direction to write a meditation book for church support staff and volunteers to inspire and encourage them in their ministry in the church office. I began by writing one 52-story devotional, and over the next two years, I wrote two more. I was proud of that first book, Incidents from the Church Office, and looked for venues to speak, places to sell the book, and where I could donate copies. I branched out to write daily devotional books and to produce seasonal devotionals. Sometimes I feel like quitting, but Jeremiah’s story reminds me that it is God’s will that I write.
I feel God nudging me to write two new books–one about friendships after turning fifty and the other one about the journey of being a widow. I shall be busy.
Lord, help us accept challenges you prepare us for. Amen.