Ever had a moment when you realized that someone was watching you, and you hoped that you hadn't done anything or said anything that would make them not like God so much?
It can be paralyzing.
If you have been my friend for very long, you will know that I really camped out in the third book of Joshua before I made the decision to leave a full-time job. It gave me strength and comfort to move.
Then, I ran squarely into a brick wall.
I had been working very hard on my first devotion book--Just Add Hope--but it was proving to be more trial than triumph. I was making zero progress, finally arriving at the thought that I might, in fact, be swimming upstream. So, I asked God to show me what was going on.
And I listened.
And I went back to Joshua.
Only this time, I didn't go straight to chapter three like I had done so many times before. I pulled a Maria von Trapp and started at the very beginning, because it's a very good place to start. (Sorry to all of you who are not familiar with The Sound of Music. That's from one of its songs. I should warn you; I do tend to burst into song.)
So, back to beginning I went. Joshua, chapter 1, verse 1.
And I was reminded that God shows up when you have asked, "What's up?"
The first chapter of Joshua is full of God's encouragement to this leader filling Moses' shoes, and it made me realize that I am a Joshua. We all are, if we are God's kids. We must be strong AND courageous, because strength without courage makes us sit still, and courage without strength makes us burn out. Joshua needed both, just as we do, because people were watching him and following him, and they trusted him to trust God and lead them safely to the Promised Land.
So, I began work afresh after that, knowing that God had given me the pep talk I needed. It wasn't that I was working on the wrong thing; I just needed to remember why I working. I needed to remember that whatever I do, whatever I write, whatever I say, I must lead God's kids to their Promised Land.
©2014 Wendi Miller
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