When I wrote my meditation, I was working on a book — a gratitude journal with devotions. I believe God placed this desire in my heart, but I knew little about editing and publishing. A friend told me about an upcoming Christian writers’ retreat, which proved to be a life-changing event for me. An attendee informed me about a local chapter of a Christian writers’ critique group, and I joined.
With support and encouragement, I finished the first draft. Then 2020 rolled in with the pandemic and many unsettling events across the United States and the world. Like Peter in Matthew 14:30, I looked at the raging winds of crises and became frozen in fear. The book project lay dormant as I fed on one disturbing news report after another.
I woke up one summer morning to a still, small voice, “Finish the book.” I realized my procrastination wasn’t a matter of disappointing myself but of disobeying what God placed in my heart to do. I sprang into action, enlisting the help of an author coach I knew. She showed me how to put together my publication team — an editor and designers for my cover, book interior, and website. By the end of October, my book was published and available on Amazon.
The entire process taught me an invaluable lesson. The fear-driven media had paralyzed and enslaved me in disobedience (see Eph. 2:2). Yet in a rested, waking moment, a whisper from God set me free.
How often do I allow the world’s ungodly clamor to deafen my heart to God’s soft voice? The world continues to reel in ungodliness, but I don’t have to become enamored by it. Reading headlines is enough to keep me informed on what to keep in prayer. The best way to begin my day is by encouraging myself in the Lord with Bible reading, study, and prayer. Watching and listening to ministers teaching scripture throughout the day is time well spent indeed.
If we turn off the noise and seek the still, small voice of Jesus in the word, we can hear, “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32, NIV).
I enjoy writing occasional blog posts, asking the Lord to help me communicate from a biblical worldview. I welcome you to explore my postings at https://judyransom.com/blog.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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