+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—PURPOSE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
***Confession: I took a couple more minutes than five to write this.***
Last year, I shared a little bit about how I put my brave on and sent in a manuscript to an agent. I had done my very best to it. Had people read it and give me their insights. I thought it was ready.
Turns out, it wasn’t.
I was beyond discouraged. A small part of me briefly (very briefly) considered ending my writing journey.
What was God’s purpose in helping me put on my brave only to be rejected?
I had to take some time to work through the discouragement.
The agent didn’t send a blanket “thanks-but-no-thanks” letter. She gave me feedback on how to improve my manuscript.
Can you say G-I-F-T?
As God helped me work through this, He gave me the opportunity to work with a very godly woman who challenged and stretched me. The first time we talked, I was crying within two minutes because God showed her things she couldn’t have known about me.
He decided it was time to do some healing in my heart.
This purpose could never have been accomplished if my manuscript had been accepted by that agent. God used much of last year to unlock emotions within me that I had pushed down since girlhood.
He used those months and the insights from my mentor to teach me the beauty of trusting Him and close friends with my honest thoughts and feelings. For some people, this is basic stuff.
For me, who was shaped by the lie that certain emotions were not acceptable? And that to gain acceptance (and avoid rejection) I had to only show the acceptable feelings . . . this has been a scary and incredibly freeing journey.
God always has a purpose in allowing us to go through the hard.
Often we don’t understand the fullness of it until after the fact. When we’re in the moment—in the strong emotional season—we can’t always see the work He is doing behind the screen of our life.
We have to come to a place of being able to view our circumstances through God’s lens.
Then, He might give us a glimpse of His purposes for allowing us to walk through hard times.
Often, those hard seasons bring us to the end of ourselves. They strip us of self-centeredness. And, when we let Him, God sands off a little bit more of us so a little bit more of Him shines through.
What about you? When has God shown His purpose to you? What have you learned during the hard seasons of your life?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung, where many other wonderful writers also link up. Five Minute Friday—Purpose