Happy July 1st! I am once again endeavoring to participate in AND COMPLETE the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Yes, I’m back in the “blogosphere,” trying to recall what happened during the last three months since I last posted and why it has taken me this long to get back to blogging!
But then again, it’s better to NOT look back, but instead, focus forward! It’s a new day, the first day of a new month, and the beginning of the second half of 2013 .
Time for new beginnings! I always think of first days (of a week, month, year, or a season) as that proverbial clean slate, representing an opportunity to start fresh and new.
You may think of it as a new notepad or a blank Word document, or an empty text field in an online environment, such as here in a blog, or on Facebook or a forum, or for written assignments for work or school.
If you are artistic or creative, a clean slate for you may represent an artist’s canvas, or a quilter may look at her fresh stack of fabrics and the intended design from a book or magazine. Unmarked needlepoint canvas, aida cloth, or rug-hooking fabric…a lump of modeling clay or supplies for candlemaking … so many things represent the opportunity to start fresh and new.
In order for these new things to come to fruition, however, we have to cooperate with the Master Designer and follow His directions, if we want to see the beauty of His plan for our lives.
In writing, I know fellow students and writers can relate to the mockery of the partially finished assignment or story, when words just seem to cease flowing…or on a second (third, fourth) read-through, you suddenly don’t like what you wrote or see the need for drastic changes.
I think many people who do any kind of crafty projects can relate to what happens by NOT following directions, or trying to substitute our own solutions, or attempting to copy some other design–this usually results in a mess or important pieces missing, and things just don’t come out quite right.
I know there have been times when I misaligned quilt blocks, or used the wrong color floss or yarn in a stitching project — the “oopsy” tends to get your attention quickly!
When we run out of words, run out of the right color floss or yarn, or run out of thread…or when we have too many of the wrong words, colors of thread or fabric, and not enough of the right ones…any of these issues can lead to an incomplete or error-filled project that wasn’t part of the original plan or design.
So it is with our lives, if we veer off the intended path God has for our lives–if we try to go our own way, or try to be like someone else instead of who we are supposed to be–it interferes with the completed picture or plan God intends for our lives.
Sometimes we need a course correction to get back on track. It’s up to each of us whether we want to resist and have tantrums, like toddlers kicking and screaming when forced to do something against their strong wills, or consent and go along peacefully, knowing that God’s ultimate plan for our lives is good.
Jeremiah 29:11 — 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.”
What about you? Are you on track or do you need some kind of course correction to get back on track? Are you participating in the UBC?
Have an enjoyable summer!