I’ve been enjoying the fruits of last week’s painting labours in my wee summer house (aka fancy shed with windows). It’s the perfect “spacious place” (Psalm 18:19) to rest, read, write and relax. And the Easter weather was so great. A real sense of a new season.
As in the natural, so in the spiritual …
Winter is over. Aslan is on the move again.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NLT)
Maybe you’re praying for this to be a new season in your life too. For the winter and wilderness to be over. For it to be a season of new beginnings, new life, fresh opportunities, fresh hope.
Last week I mentioned about starting to write. For some time different people had been encouraging me to start a blog. This wasn’t a complete surprise as I had felt God’s whispers and nudges about that too. These friends confirmed His seed thoughts. But for some time that’s where the seeds stayed …. in my thoughts.
The awareness of what God is saying and the confirmation from the mouths of others doesn’t equal accomplishment.
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” writes Nicky Gumbel.
It’s time to ACT.
We need to act by planting the seeds so they grow. We need to act by taking first steps, no matter how scary or wobbly they feel.
In January I decided it was time to stop just thinking about writing and time to start taking steps towards making it a reality. It was time to sow these seeds in obedience and faith (spelt RISK).
The honest truth is I still feel vulnerable every time I click that little POST button!! But when I get an email or message that my ‘random’ thoughts have come at the right time and my written words have really spoken to someone, it makes the risk of vulnerability so worthwhile.
Maybe for some time you’ve been aware of His whispers and nudges about the new things He’s laying on your heart and these seed thoughts have been confirmed in many different ways.
It’s time to respond, to try, to take steps, to sow those seeds …
Take new steps into creativity: maybe painting, songwriting, new instrument …
Or community: join a new group or take up a new sport …
Try a new challenge: when you hear someone at work say they’re not well, offer to pray for them …
Or a new commitment: sponsor a child, volunteer, instead of feeling discouraged, encourage others …
Maybe even a new career …
It will look so different for each and everyone of us, but we will all share one thing in common –
The perfect time to start something never arrives.
So just go for it. The difference you take could be the difference you make for someone else. ACT now!!
What new accomplishment will you decide to try? I would love to know 🙂