Saturday, October 04, 2008

Commitment and Providence

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.All sorts of things occur to help that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man or woman would have dreamed could have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.Boldness has genius, power, and magic to it.Begin it now." Goethe

Let’s play what if. What if Abram didn’t pull up the tent pegs and set off from Ur. What if Noah didn’t pick up the hammer? What if Moses didn’t pick up the staff? What if Gideon didn’t climb out of the winepress and break down the altar to Baal? What if Joshua didn’t march around Jericho? What if Ruth didn’t go with Naomi? What if David didn’t take the provisions to his brothers on the front lines? What if Solomon didn’t build the temple? What if Shaphan the secretary didn’t read the book of the Law to Josiah? What if Josiah didn’t tear his robes? What if Esther stayed home? What if Daniel didn’t pay attention to his dreams? What if Matthew didn’t walk away from the tax collectors booth? What if Peter didn’t put down his nets?

What if you don’t take up your pen?


DJ said...

Thank you for your post. I have a desire to write, but am taking it up later than many, and still have a lot of commitment with family and home schooling. I need very much to know if this is God's will or just my idea. I also need direction and inspiration to know what to write. A friend prayed with me about these things this morning. In light of that, I find your post encouraging.

Marci said...

Waiting on God is so important in this writing business - the frustrations can become barriers unless we know God wants us to keep going. Blessings as you make this decision, dj.

DJ said...

Thanks for the encouragement. It's funny, I seem to be doing more editing than writing these days. Editing opportunities just keep showing up, nearly every day. I don't know how that fits in, but that's OK. :-)