In every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens . . .
I write posts for Meditations of My Heart far in advance of when you, my loyal and faithful followers, finally have the opportunity to read them. So, as you are reading this, know I've written over 20,000+ words in my next novel series, Adventures in the Glade, since I originally penned today's blog. I've given myself the months of July and August as a deadline for book completion, with September the catch all for johnny-come-lately chapters and intense editing and revision. This will keep me extremely, yet joyously, busy!
Some of you may recall that a while back, I try to give Meditations of My Heart a hiatus in order to accomplish just what I described above. But, my father's prolonged illness and our family's uncertainty as to when God would call him home, hinders me from plunging head-long into the novels. My heart simply isn't in it. I find, instead, great comfort and peace in writing my blogs. They lend me a sense of structure, of meaning, of purpose. Help to take my mind off the day-to-day struggles. Comfort me as I focus upon the Lord and reflect upon His Word.
But, now God is calling me to get back on my novel horse and ride it for all its worth. Who am I to ignore Him? If I've learned anything from writing this blog, it's this: Trust in God! He always knows what's best for me, for you, for everyone when we genuinely pause and faithfully listen.
And, when we, in faith, obey.
That being said, I'm officially and determinedly taking a break from Meditations of My Heart at least through the end of August. Could an errant post appear? No doubt! Will I keep up with my fellow bloggers? You bet! Do I suddenly vanish from Facebook or Google+? Hardly! But, I can guarantee you those venues will be my earned reward for every 1,000 words I write.
The journey set before me will take to the max the discipline I adhered to when writing daily devotions here. When I reflect upon that entire year of writing, without missing a beat, I see now how God was preparing me for this time in my life when precision and dedication and determination are tantamount.
I'm convinced. The Lord is ever preparing us to receive and to act upon what's best for us and best for His purposes. He knows there are times and seasons for everything under Heaven.
And, summer, I realize now, is my season.
My season in Him.
Everything under God.
Everything that is good.
Together, Lord, we'll make it happen!
When in your life has God directed you to take a detour from what you assumed to be your purpose? What was the outcome?
Prayer: Dear Father, I pray that we all listen to Your voice, intently and intentionally, so we can glean the direction in which You want us to go in this life. We are here to be the hands and feet of Jesus. May we reflect that in all our thoughts and actions, each and every day, and understand in our hearts that there is a time and purpose for all we do in Your name. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen.