A Coffee and An Answer Friday
Remember this Tuesday’s post where I shared I was wrestling with a few things? And remember when I shared here not too long ago about God answering a prayer in such a way that when I realized what He had done, I was rather merrily astonished? Well. Colour me another shade of gobsmacked.
Here’s the deal: I’ve been going back and forth for a few years now with an idea for a book. Birthed as it was during the craziness of the annual November NaNoWriMo challenge, I began to think it was an idea that would never move past the ‘spark’ stage. After all, I had tried to hammer out some sort of a rough draft over the course of two additional Novembers. And was taking the much-needed help of a talented writer/coach to figure out how to get to the stage of putting down a completed rough draft.
Yet I wondered … Was this the right thing to be working on? For there are other things I want to work on, too – things related to daily routines and schedules and relationships and health and stuff. So Monday rolled into Tuesday. And I finally took the advice of my husband and (somewhat timidly, I’ll admit) asked God what I needed to do next. What writing-related thing do I, well, do? One of my pastors then promised via Facebook to pray for me in regards to my Tuesday blog post.
So it’s Tuesday afternoon, shortly after one o’clock. I’m back at my office job, filling up my water bottle and waiting for the Keurig to fill up my mug of tea with a last shot of hot water. And I hear, “Write the book.” I wondered why I was suddenly thinking that, wrestling as I had been with the thought of maybe I ought not to write the book, that maybe it was best to focus on something else.
All the same, I silently asked, “But what about the other stuff?” Because there are still wrestling wonderings going on, y’all. And the following reply is where it twigged this wasn’t just a random thought in my head: “You didn’t ask about all the other stuff. You just asked what to do next.”
Touché, God, touché.
Now I don’t know how all this is going to work out. Could be I’ll get that draft done, and that’ll be it. Or there will be more. God knows how thinking too … intricately on a thing can quickly bring me to the point of immobility. So I’ll leave that all alone for now. After all, I’m trying to remember to be present in the day-to-day over being perfect. And that includes, at least for me, working on not getting in a knot about unknown futures.
Have a good Friday!