Friday, January 4, 2019

Where are We Headed as Writers? by Melinda Viergever Inman


The Holy One of Israel is great in our midst.

We can easily forget this as we slog through a writing marketplace that requires more than we’re able to accomplish. Rarely can we find quiet time away from the frenzy of our devices and the writing world’s demands. Forgetting that it was God himself who established the 24-hour boundaries on a day, we grow frustrated because we’re unable to keep all the plates spinning simultaneously.

Mindset is powerful for managing this type of pressure, and so, I say again:

The Holy One of Israel is great in our midst.

Believers in these last days since Christ ascended have always found ourselves squeezed by life in a fallen world. In perilous times that try our souls, we must keep our eyes on Jesus.

He’s the one who leads us. He’s the one for whom we write. He’s the one we follow.

So, how does our awareness of his presence empower us?

Scripture writers throughout the ages recorded this same truth, providing the reminder that no matter how bad it looks, no matter how far away God might feel, no matter how different our current reality may be from what we had imagined, still, the Lord is near.

We just had the annual Christmas refresher course, the reminder of Immanuel, God with us. This truth is right there in his name, lest we forget.

One day, he will return. That is our destination.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: 'Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 12:3-6 ESV).

Read these encouraging passages. In their context, each has an eye on “that day,” The Day when Christ returns, and all is made new: Psalm 46:4-11; Ezekiel 43:1-9; John 6:37-40; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; 2 Peter 3:8-13.

That Day is where we’re headed. Don’t forget it.

Our lives and our work aim that direction. Those passages all proclaim a new reality on the horizon. For God, a thousand years are like a day. He lives outside of time. The awareness of all of eternity past and also of the future reality of a new heaven and a new earth are ever before him. He is omnipresent.

But, we are not. Imagine we stand on a marked spot upon a timeline. This timeline stretches to infinity, aiming off to our right farther than we can see. The other side shoots far, far away to our left, each side without end. That is eternity.

Where we stand is a speck on that infinite line. That speck indicates our brief time on earth. A minuscule dot marks our seventy, eighty, or ninety years.

Our personal existence and concerns during that speck of time overwhelm us, for they are the totality of our days. Yet, shocking and beyond our comprehension, the immensity of our God is intimately acquainted with each one of us, aware of all our thoughts, and concerned with every single detail of our momentary lives.

The Holy One of Israel is great in our midst.

And thus, we know that he will orchestrate the marketplace, our ability to work, our inspiration, our families, our health, our writing, and every single concern that touches our lives in order to bring about his purposes for us and for the world at large. He’s got this.

We’re in God’s hands. He’s wrapped all around, over, under, through, and within every single particle of our lives. Believe it. Talk to him about it. Trust him with it. Go forth bravely in 2019, with faith in his superintending presence in your life.

For the Holy One of Israel is great in our midst.





Melinda V Inman, author of Refuge; Fallen; and No Longer Alone
Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda Viergever Inman now spins tales from her writer’s cave in the Midwest. Her faith-filled fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her weekly at http://MelindaInman.com/blog/. To find her work and to be notified of future published novels, follow her at http://bit.ly/MelindasBooks.

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20 comments:

  1. Beautiful reminder using beautiful truths.
    “Yet, shocking and beyond our comprehension, the immensity of our God is intimately acquainted with each one of us, aware of all our thoughts, and concerned with every single detail of our momentary lives.“.
    Absolutely! Thank you!

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    1. Debbie, thank you for stopping by to comment. He is incomprehensible, isn't he! The continual awareness of his attributes and his presence get us through every trial.

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  2. I read this post this AM with my morning coffee and was blessed by it. It is so easy to let the tyranny of the urgent overtake priorities in our life. Thank you, Melinda!

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    1. Michelle, thanks for pausing in your morning to read. It IS so easy to let the tyranny of the urgent run away with our lives. An awareness of the Lord and intentionality in our daily plan helps keep us balanced.

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  3. What an inspiration, Melinda! Let me look out with a bigger vision, a God-vantage point, with all eternity spread out before us, vast and beautiful. Keeping my eyes on the Holy One of Israel who is in our midst and yet beyond our midst. Your words, "That Day is where we’re headed. Don’t forget it. Our lives and our work aim that direction. Those passages all proclaim a new reality on the horizon." Praying I can keep that Divine perspective at the forefront. Lord, let us see that new reality just up ahead! God bless you and your powerful ministry!

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    1. Yes, Melissa, I agree with your prayer, that the Lord would allow us to see the reality up ahead, to remember that it is coming, to keep our minds on the goal and on the Holy One of Israel, never forgetting that he is great in our midst.

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  4. Beautiful words and a needed reminder - thanks for an inspiring post!!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by, Jessie! God bless you, sister.

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  5. This is one of the most wonderful blogs I have read in quite some time! I especially like this... It resonated deep within me and confirmed for me ..."In perilous times that try our souls, we must keep our eyes on Jesus"
    Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of my faith

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  6. Jessica, thank you for stopping by. In light of your recent post, I'm glad these words encouraged you. Eyes on Jesus is the only way we writers can walk this journey and not lose heart. Eyes on the prize of our Savior and his coming again! He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith - yes, he is! Thank you for reminding us of this name of our Lord!

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  7. This is great. This part really seized me: "That Day is where we’re headed. Don’t forget it. Our lives and our work aim that direction." We'll never get off track if we can just remember this! Bless you!

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    1. You're so right, Jessica! Eyes on Jesus, living for his return! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Comforting, encouraging, and motivating. Thank you, Melinda.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for commenting, Jory! God bless you as you serve Jesus!

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  9. Hey Melinda, great timing as another year begins and, as writers, we have another chance to reflect and recalibrate. As I make plans, your article helps me remember that, more than any specific goals I set, remembering God's sovereignty and provisions for his purposes in (and through) me are what really count. Thanks for serving the Christian writing community through your work!

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    1. Bryan, thank you for your kind encouragement! I so agree with you about the making of plans. God's provision, his purposes, his sovereignty, and his leading are the essentials as we go forward. He will make all clear. He knows the goal and our destination, and so, he will lead us. When it's murky and we're not sure, he'll clarify, even if it's on the other side. We serve a glorious Savior, and it's a gift to be able to serve with our written words! Thanks be to God for it!

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  10. Melinda, Thank you for these wise words pointing us toward,Christ. It is an encouraging post. It reminded me to be grateful.

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    1. Beth, I'm glad my words encouraged you today. God bless you as you serve the Lord with your writing!

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  11. Beautiful reminder, Melinda. I like the imagery you painted about our lives as a speck on an infinite timeline. It's comforting to know God sees all, knows all, and IS concerned with all the details...in control. Thankful to be in the Holy One of Israel's hands and how great He is in our midst!

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  12. Yes! Thanks for commenting, Karen! It’s so wonderful to belong to the Holy One of Israel! Not only for the future promise of his coming but for his greatness in our midst.

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