2006-12-25 - In the Limelight
A fellow writer at my church felt the need to start a writers group. Great, I thought. The group could be a venue where the writers get together to assure and support each other. I was all for it. My perspective changed when my writing pal had to decline leading the group, and the honor and responsibility fell on to me. I had to step up for I didn't want the idea of the group to fizzle just cause a surge of nerves hit me. I was more an introvert than leadership material.
In three weeks, the church's first writers group begins, and I have prayed and organized - and now just wait for the first meeting. I have done all I can. There is heaviness about it though. Will it be worth the writers' time, and will it meet their needs? If I couldn't handle the leadership role, God would have given the job to someone else, right? For "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)
I am out of my comfort zone and in a place where I have to trust in God more and rely on my own qualifications less. I intend to go to the meeting with the knowledge that God knows me. The Lord knows "when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head." (Psalm 139:2-5 NLT)
Lord, I am armed with the knowledge that You are constantly with me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.