Dawn Tolbert

Writer
#366Days Faith Reflections Writing

Of Timing, Bravery & Faith #366Days Day 7

gears of a clock

On Tuesday, I was talking with a friend and sharing how I finally felt like it was time to return to the draft of my book. I told my friend that I had been avoiding it because I just didn’t know where to go from here. Revisions are needed, and I’ve been working on them in my head, if not yet on paper. But after that, what?, I asked. I admitted, for the first time, that I have been thinking of going to a writer’s conference in 2016, but I doubted if I could find one at a reasonable price, within driving distance, and with the topics that I really need.

{I should probably mention that I’m reading a book about living the creative life and how it requires us to tackle the things we fear. It says that when we get scared and uncomfortable in our creative pursuits, that’s when things get interesting.}

The next morning, I decided to be brave and just see if there might be something I might be able to swing. The first hit? Literally the very first thing that Google offered me from all of the universe-full of Internet options was exactly what I needed. A one-day conference at a fair price within easy driving distance on exactly the right topic.

It made me wonder: what if I hadn’t been brave enough to look? What if I had talked myself out of it and dismissed it completely? The conference may not be the answer to all of my questions, but it will answer some of the first ones, which will lead me further along the path.

You know, the Bible tells us 365 times to “Fear Not,” but I still find myself fearful when I don’t know how something will turn out. God doesn’t reveal the whole path to us. That’s where the faith comes in. We sense His direction and take the next step in faith and then the next and then the next. It’s a journey, and He wants to share it with us. I think it’s time to hang up my worrywart hat and begin walking more confidently in faith. God has a plan for me and, I believe, for my writing; it might not be the same as my plan and it won’t unfold according to my timetable. But, I can rest safe in the knowledge that God’s timing is perfect. And His plan is better than anything I can ask or imagine.

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. – Ephesians 3:20 (New Living Translation)

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