Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Writer’s Fleece

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Judges 6:36-38a, NIV

Much can happen between the magical moment an idea rises up like joy in the heart of a writer and the day that idea is printed between two covers and placed on the bookstore shelf. The journey is arduous and joyful, agonizing, yet fulfilling. It requires courage.

For the Christian writer, the sacred genesis of our obedience could be called the place of As You Said. Alone with God we hear His instruction, and the vision is cast. We set out on a journey to give to others the words He has spoken so deeply to our own hearts.

Gideon was visited by the Lord and given a vital task to do for God’s people. He was clearly commissioned, equipped, and promised God’s presence. He was prepared and would lead the Israelites to victory. God said it would be so. Gideon set out to do what God instructed.

But between that magical moment of comprehension and the day of completion, Gideon faced a barrage of challenges. Fear rose up in him, driving him to serve God under the cover of darkness. The men of the town murmured about him and plotted to punish him. His son was threatened with death. His father’s name was shamed. All the while, the masses gathered, a great, threatening army drawing nearer and nearer to the Israelites.

On the eve of his most important obedience, Gideon threw himself before the Lord and confessed his weakness. He needed help remembering the clarity, the absolute certainty of the place of As You Said. He reminded God of what He had said He would do. And Gideon boldly asked for a sign that this was still really the right path.

In the beginning, at the place of As You Said, Gideon had met the angel of the Lord. One might say he could not have had any surer evidence that he was on the right path.

But great men have always faced great fears, and it is what they have done with those fears that has defined history. Gideon knew that God’s love for him was strong enough to withstand a request for one more sign.

And what Gideon requested is exactly what happened. With this renewed confidence, Gideon led the Israelites to victory, just as God had said he would.

Writing is a brave task of obedience. Is there something in your writing journey today that causes your courage to wither? Is your confidence waning, where it once burned bright and bold? Our Father’s love for us is strong enough to withstand our request for one more sign that we are on the right path. Ask Him today for the reassurance you need. You will accomplish what God has purposed through you, just as He said you would.

I am going to pause right now and ask Him myself.

Lord, show me a sign that you will set captives free as I obey you and write the words you give, as you said. Amen.

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Danetta Kellar is a writer, blogger, and speaker. Her interesting life has taken her around the globe, where she has had the privilege to witness firsthand the transformation of women from all walks of life and culture as they exchange lies for the Truth found in Christ. 

Her writing flows out of this rich experience and her own continual search for treasures in life’s darkness. Connect with Danetta online through her blog, Riches Out of Darkness, and on Facebook, or Twitter. 

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    1. Thank you, Kit. I wrote myself into this post... and God answered with not just a sign but His love and encouragement. May He do that also for you.

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  2. Thank you for the reminder. Blessings to you!

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    1. You are welcome and I am so glad we are all on this journey together. May you be encouraged in your writing today.

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  3. Danetta, what a great reminder that even though God has already "said it," many doubt. How precious that even when we waver, He reassures us. We serve a mighty God.

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    1. Yes, indeed! Thank you for reading and chatting, Lisa.

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    1. I am so glad it spoke to you. May you feel His great delight in you as you keep writing.

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