What does this look like?
So the day has finally come, and I can’t hold off any longer, as I step in to the launch of ‘The Eye Of A Needle’ officially.
This is the time when I invite you, my friends and fellow bloggers & Facebook buddies to like my page. That’s a bit tricky when you don’t actually know what you are ‘liking’ when there’s not much content to like!
If you read through some of my blogs to date you will see that for some months I have been sitting on the need to start a blog. For the past 5 years I have been journaling spasmodically, and every so often I will go back and read how far I have come in that time.
I was telling a friend last week about my Dad writing very witty newsletters as the National Secretary to a group he was affiliated to. These newsletters were well worth reading and I’m sure Dad got a fair few compliments on his writing ability. For years as a family we tried to encourage Dad to write down some of his wonderful memories of days gone by, as a keepsake for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sadly Dad’s hand at 89 has become pretty shaky with his still-very-neat-handwriting and he may have left his run a bit late now so he probably never will write those anecdotes. I am choosing to step up into the inheritance and gift that my Dad has carried and I’m choosing to start writing now before it becomes something I regret not doing sooner.
So thanks Dad for the wonderful legacy of the written word that is carried from your genes to mine.
I’m not quite sure what this blog and website will contain, but I do know this much. That I have been called to write, and that I have been called to create ‘stuff’.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “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.” I’m sure God has a much bigger idea than me as to what this is all about. He sure does have a way of encouraging us to use what we have.
We don’t always know exactly what that looks like when we start out, but as the photo shows, I am prepared to step out and give this a go. I trust that I will get a little bit of ‘help’ along the way.
I have spent a long time soul searching for my mission in life. I know that I have a little oil, and that God can use what little I have to make it into something a whole lot bigger than anything I could ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20 puts it this way “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think”
I have also received great encouragement when one of my favourite Bible stories of all time really began to make sense to me.
The Widow’s Olive Oil 2 Kings 4:1-7 ‘The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.
” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
What I see in this story is that I can just take a little of what I have, and offer that to the Lord and see what He wants to do with it.
Matthew 13:31-32 tells it this way: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
So here goes…I am marching in to March with faith the size of a mustard seed and let’s see how it looks a few months down the track …