A long time ago I committed my writing unto the Lord. It was back in 1981. Since then the Lord has taken me on some pretty interesting journeys. I’ve met some extraordinary people, and learned some pretty remarkable things. I watched God open doors for me to walk through which I never dreamed possible. It’s almost effortless. However, I have also noticed whenever I am veering off into a direction He is not interested in me taking, the sky begins to fall in upon my efforts. It never fails. Just when I think everything is going smoothly, the road becomes bumpy–fraught with detours and warning signs. Sometimes it takes me a while to recognize that the problem is not in my commitment to write, or my lack of interest in a particular subject–it is God. He shows me I am off on a trail of my own choosing–a trail He has not formed.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5,6
God wants to be in charge, and rightfully so. Every time I am in charge, things get all tangled up in a mess. God has a plan to bring my efforts in line with His whenever I stray. He has said He will keep working on me until the day of completion. He will direct my paths when I acknowledge Him and do not lean unto my own understanding of a situation. I need only “trust in the Lord with all my heart”; I need only “commit my way to the Lord.” He stands ready to guide, to teach, to mold and complete. He has the route mapped out. He even gives me the wisdom to discern when to go and when to stop and rest. Can you just imagine your righteousness shining “like the dawn”, and the justice of your cause like “the noonday sun”?
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for allowing me to share in the work of Your kingdom through writing. Thank you for this venue to reach the world. Let the Good News of Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation found in Him be proclaimed far and wide with words You lay upon my heart. selahV
© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2010