Last month, I participated in a twelve-day Instagram writer’s challenge. It was both challenging and fun. We were given a different word each day and created posts about those words relating to our writer’s life.
As I contemplated each word, I discovered correlations between writing life and real-life. I wanted to share some of those posts with you all, and I’d love your thoughts on these words as they relate to your life as well.
How often does this happen in real life? We think we’re walking on one path and something changes our course. We find ourselves on a rock-strewn trail that forces us to slow down and to approach each step with care.
Or, sometimes, we must stop to navigate around a boulder, or figure out how to climb over it. We may want to walk one path, but God’s started us on a different route.
What do we do with that?
We always have a choice . . . We can chafe with the change in direction.
We can try to forge our own trail through the weeds.
We can lean into our Father and trust that He knows the reasons and the means for navigating the change.
In real life and writing life I’ve walked a far different path from what I anticipated. Our family is working through growing pains as our sons press toward adulthood. Some days, I’m trying to just breathe through the emotion and constant decisions in response to some of their choices.
Other life circumstances demand time and energy and a choosing of the necessary over the yearning.
My writing journey has been filled with starts . . . and pauses, because life keeps happening. Real-life requires all of me, and I set my writing life aside to be fully present.
Our pastor recently spoke on John 14. The thing I keep remembering is, even during hard seasons, Jesus tells me not to let my heart be troubled. I get to choose worry or trust. When I determine I’ll trust the Lord in the middle of not understanding, in the midst of pain and weariness, I start to draw closer to Him.
When I don’t get to walk on the path I want to—and have regular time to write—my heart needs to choose Jesus over worry or disappointment or discouragement.
I always have a choice.
My journey right now is choosing each step intentionally. Sometimes I can carve out writing time. I can be filled through the process of creating. But, sometimes I need to set all else aside to care for my real-life people.
And I need to be okay with that.
The thing is, I’m not walking this journey alone. I can start off each day relying on Jesus, looking to Him for help, wisdom, and reassurance.
Jesus continues to show me I need to trust Him in each moment. My priorities seem to shift from day-to-day, and even from one moment to the next, depending on what’s going on. I guess that’s part of living fully in each moment. I’m learning the discipline of leaning into my Father when I don’t understand the pauses in life.
And each day, I have the opportunity to start—again—to live walking more closely with the Lord.
What about you? How do you respond when God sets you on an unexpected path? How do you guard your heart against worry?
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