Hearing from God, Honesty

Looking For The Forest Not The Trees

Well friends, it’s been much too long. (And I’m a little embarrassed that a post named “Corona” has been at the top of this page for so darn long!) I’ve missed writing and I’ve missed our interactions and I’ve missed this whole blogging part of my life. Things are busy around here as usual, everyone off in their different directions and coming together for whirlwind dinners, ridiculous card games or family movies then off to the races again. I’m working more and more at my hubby’s office which leaves less and less time for “extras.” I continually attempt to prioritize our activities as each season changes, but some things never change.

At each new year I reflect and ask all the introspective questions about my life, purpose, and vision. This year, I seemed to hear the same thing over and over: I need to write and I need to share what God is doing. I feel called to do just that, so what am I waiting for?

I actually just read the Summer 2020 Magnolia Journal all about Risk. (It is not by chance that I just FINALLY got around to it, God’s timing is so perfect!) I was inspired to step forward in this new season without fear, so I asked myself what really is the worst thing that could happen? To be honest, as I wrote down what I imagined was the absolute worst case scenario for each risk I wanted to take, it surprised me. The worst wasn’t really that bad. It was laughable. And the possibly benefits of each risk was so much more valuable!

I was gently reminded that we all get honed in on the day-to-day decisions, the smallness of our own individual lives and we forget to step back and see the big picture of the whole world. An artist can’t look at a few inches of their painting and know that it tells the whole story, an explorer can’t look at one piece of a map and know where the road is heading, just as we can’t look at a few little decisions or moments in time and see all that God is doing. We need to step back and take in the wider view – God’s view. It’s like admiring the beauty of a perfectly-shaped green leaf, zooming out to see a tree full of those leaves, then noticing how the trees create paths or trails which lead to habitats for creatures great and small. Eventually the incredible landscape of acres of woodlands come into view and we realize that while a leaf is amazing, a leaf is nothing if you can’t see it’s function and collaboration in creating the forest.

Today, I choose to step back from the immediate and close up view that I have in my corner of the world. I’m asking God to place his rose-colored lenses over my eyes so I can see the potential in each risk and opportunity. I want to see from His perspective, to see His hand at work and His hope in every situation and I want to run forward, unafraid and risk what I have with hopes of so much MORE in the future.

As I walk this out, I ask for grace from all of you. My writing topics may be wide and varied, but it comes from my own life and I love variety! I’ve written multitudes of unpublished posts covering dozens of topics but never posted them because I feared I didn’t’ know enough, it didn’t “flow” with other recent posts or because it felt like too much or not enough, etc. I have often allowed fear, worry or unknowns stop me from taking risks – even seemingly insignificant risks. (I know I’m not alone here in listening to all the wrong voices in my head. It’s the story of this life. It’s an unseen battle!)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

~Ephesians 6:12~

It’s a good thing God guaranteed us a victory of good over evil when He sent his son Jesus to overcome death. Without that victorious hope, it is easy to give up and give in to the voice of comfort, ease and safety… And so my goal this year is to attempt to post these seemingly random musings. To write confidently and perhaps even consistently (not my forte!). I appreciate your love and patience as we figure out where this blog is heading and where God is leading us as we grow together.

And while you extend that glorious grace toward me and the work God is doing, I would also love your feedback. What connects with you? What is God doing in your life? Let me know in the comments, on social media, or email me. And I love it when you share the posts that connect with your heart. Together, we are reaching people across the globe with hope and joy and Jesus as this blog comes to life!

Forest ::: Trees