Order My Steps
A friend and I were talking about our lives and the work we have yet to do, though we are both retired (Let me say we are young retirees!!). I told her I am just coming into my identity as a writer. I have worked in sales and marketing, training, public health, cancer research, as an editor and as a counselor/coach. However, during all of those positions I wrote articles, curricula, stories, and in my journal. Writing has been like breathing for me and just as taken for granted.
She too confessed to having a dream of being a writer since childhood. She said she wrote stories and still holds a goal for herself of publishing the work she intends to write. We encouraged each other in continuing to pursue our dream because regardless of where we are currently in life, we can grow our dreams. We believe that God gives us the desires of our hearts. Neither of us is a writer by profession. Our plans led us in other directions. But, we believe now is the time for us to achieve our dreams and allow God to direct our steps.
Sometimes it is the simple things that come up that create a delay or detour. I had asked my friend to write a blog post. When I began this blog I fully intended to share the writing with others. I wanted it to be a community blog. She sent me this email:
I was prepared to begin my post when my dear husband beat me to the desktop. In my mind I planned to paste a picture from our vacation to Aruba and talk about the desert like island as I lamented on my major failure today. Well, that plan is shot. My husband is happily working, I am hungry and will be eating a healthy bowl of hot cereal and I have asked God to forgive me for eating that hot buttered popcorn before 6 pm. Hope you will forgive me for not completing my job and please don’t stay up all night creating your next post which I will enjoy tomorrow.
I really appreciated her heart. Her writing would have served both of us—she would have added to her writing experiences and I would have had another voice besides mine to speak about the Daniel Fast. But, I told her, as we continued talking, that she had no reason to feel bad about not writing. Our plans are just that—our plans. We do what we can and continue to seek God and wait on God to make it happen. Certainly, our plans don’t always turn out the way we had intended, but I have learned that if I keep going another opportunity will come in an unexpected way in God’s time.
The Daniel Fast has been a gift to me this year. It was not an idea I wanted to do; nor was it something I felt I needed to do. The pastor invited the entire congregation to participate. For some reason I did. Out of that small act, I have begun to meditate twice a day, I have tried new foods, and I have the opportunity to write on a topic that has meaning. Also, the biggest blessing is having a new community who are with me on this journey. My plan was small compared to what God opened up for me.
I hope you are experiencing the fullness of the Daniel experience—whether you are fasting or not. The Lenten season is not only about what you are giving up. It is also about what you are bringing into your life that opens you to the blessings that come when God directs your steps. Don’t be surprised if God’s blessings for you are different and bigger than your plans.
Prayer for Day 27: Faithful God in whom we place our trust, we seek your will for the small and the big plans that we make. Thank you for ordering our steps towards our highest good. Amen.