Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Plan!

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord.
"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future." (Jer. 29:11 NIV)

I’m a planner. I like to have things figured out ahead of time. If I’m going to host a holiday celebration, I plan the meal and decorations weeks in advance.

I’m the same way when it comes to writing. Some people are SOTP (seat of the pants) writers. Not me. I’m a plotter. I need to know how the story is going to end and how I’m going to get there.

For people who like to have the future planned out, the unknown can be a little daunting. Maybe that’s one of the reasons Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses.

It’s also a favorite because after living through difficult times—like so many people have—I’ve learned to lean on the fact that God is still in control. God still has a plan for my life. Knowing that has always brought me hope.

God has a plan for our writing careers, too.

At times it can feel like He’s forgotten that we’re relying on Him to help us in our calling by providing necessary opportunities. Especially when other people seem to be blessed in their writing careers. But even when we feel—despite our prayers and hard work—no headway is being made, He hasn’t forgotten.

God has a plan.

Sometimes that plan can take what feels like a detour. But, there may be good reasons. Maybe the road up ahead is full of pot holes – or possibly even a sink hole. Maybe the detour will lead you to opportunities that will strengthen what you have to offer and better prepare you to hop back on the road towards your destination.

I was recently handed an opportunity to lead a small team in reviving a newsletter for a department of 80 people in the corporation where I'm employed. The door swung wide open for me to take this on, even though it’s not the type of responsibility I normally hold in the department.

Part of me is excited. Part of me is a little scared. The people I need to please are business oriented. They’re people who are comfortable with concrete, black and white data. I’m a creative writer. I want to show them that information can still be relayed in an interesting and fun format.

God has a plan.

He doesn’t want us to shrink back from opportunities He presents. Opportunities that may bring us closer to where He wants us to be.

I’m facing this challenge with the newsletter believing that God is going to use the experience for my good.

Be willing to walking through unexpected open doors.

God has a plan for your writing career.

Trust that.


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