Today was gorgeous. The sun shone, creating all kinds of blue in the sky. Leaf buds and bare branches alike reflected it’s rays.
As I walked around our neighborhood, the trees captured my attention. Call me silly, but I got caught up in how bare some trees looked compared to others.
Some trees bore branches with the nibs of buds on the very tips of them. Others were garbed in shimmers of green.
Seeing the great diversity in how leafy the trees were reminded me of how much life is like that.
Each of these trees will reach their goal: to bear leaves. Some will bear flowers and fruit as well. But all will dress themselves in leaves.
Isn’t that how we are too? Each of us has a calling, a dream. I believe God has called me to write. He’s given me a dream of being published.
I have friends who began writing after me, and their books adorn shelves in stores. I used to compare my journey to theirs. But the truth is? God’s timing for each of us—for our journeys, for us to fulfill our callings—is different.
Just as Jesus told Peter that he didn’t need to worry about John’s journey, God tells us the same thing.
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
I must keep my eyes on Him. I need to follow the path He has me on. Not look to my friends—to other writers—and see where they are in the journey.
We each bear our leaves at the perfect time on God’s view. I’m not published yet. But I may be one day. I’m bearing my leaves at a different pace than others.
This doesn’t make me less-than them. As long as my eyes are fixed on Jesus, I’m right where I need to be.
Having said all of this, I’ve realized the story that’s been bursting inside me for months needs to come out.
I’m taking a break from blogging for the month of May so I can pound out the rough draft of my story.
I will miss interacting with everyone! But, I’d so appreciate your prayers, if you feel so inclined. I’ll be back in early June.
I’ll be praying for you all too!
What about you? How do you manage those comparing thoughts that sometimes slip inside your brain? When have you been intentional about fulfilling a calling God’s given you?