If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would have written a book by now, I would have thought they were crazy. Yet, we all know that God has His own timing for things and they usually occur at a time when you least expect. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to go about our lives and to think that seemingly small things are insignificant. Zechariah 4:10 says “do not despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin”.
How often do we not only despise the day of small beginnings because we can’t be bothered, but we also deem the work to be insignificant in the first place? Our vision remains-short sighted.
My whole life I knew that God had a plan for me, yet because I couldn’t fully see the picture I kept ignoring God’s promptings and I would then make my own plans for my life. This seemed easier to handle rather than fully trusting what God had for me. I convinced myself that the one little thing God wanted me to do was not a big deal, it was not important, and that someone else could do a better job than me. So I would just go about my life doing what seemed right in my own eyes and seeking the immediate reward, whether it was wages, friends, compliments or something else that validated my good works.
Over the years, however, I’ve come to realise two things.
1. God is relentless in the plans He has for our lives
2. If you are diligent to carry out the seemingly insignificant things they actually combine into something of greater significance.
Like I say, I always knew that God had a plan for my life and when I first became a Christian I was content serving in the church, getting married and having kids. All of which happened by the time I was thirty. So then I got thinking, now what?
I felt a stirring in my Spirit that there was more.
I knew that with God there is always more and He says “if you ask I will answer”. I wanted to know what else God had for me because I knew that my life was not finished at thirty and there was no way I was content to wait until my kids were grown up and leaving the house. I had a hunger to know now. I felt as if there were testimonies, scriptures, life lessons and experiences I‘d had that were inside of me and were desperate to be poured out. The time was now that God wanted me to use what I had, and in my (limited) free time I started to write down the words He was leading me to type which was to become my first book.
I find it interesting how, for me, during this writing process the Lord still kept speaking to me and teaching me new things or revealing to me the effects that my past had on me. This seemingly small and insignificant process of writing was also actually a time of learning. I wrote my stories as if only my friends and family would read them. As I got towards the time of publishing, my hope and desires started to expand and I now want to share this with whoever wants to read it.
My ultimate hopes and desires are to encourage you to believe that you were created for a greater purpose, that your life is significant, and that you are free to dream big dreams because with God all things are possible.
Do you ever have that dream at night that you can do anything?
What about during the day when you are dealing with whatever life is throwing at you?
Do you end up putting God in a box and deem the things that He has placed on your heart as insignificant?
One of my favourite verses in the Bible is Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.
Instead of thinking that your desires are worthless, insignificant or unworthy, start praying about how God has placed those desires in you as a part of your destiny and that it is a part of something significant. As you start pursuing them you may be surprised where they lead you.