Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Keep Writing on God’s Timetable


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

Do you feel like there is a book in you that is waiting to get out? For ten years I’ve wanted to write about the gospel of Mark. I love that book. Jesus is the Son of God in action, constantly on the go. He is healing, teaching, and ministering from town to town. So much ministry is packed into the first chapter that forty-five verses are needed to introduce Jesus. I have a basic outline, I have application ready to go, and I have the willingness to tackle writing about a sixteen-chapter book of the Bible if God gives the green light. But I don’t think He has yet. 

How do we know what the best timing is for a project? We stay close to the best Author. God wrote the bestselling book of all time, and He knows how to write our story. He knows when someone needs to read our book, and He knows when weare ready to write it. I have a feeling that I need to live a little more of this adventure called life before I tackle a Bible study on Mark. Is there a book that you want to write, but it’s been delayed? What more of life do you need to experience before you’re ready to write it? What more do you need to learn about God or life with Him before the book can escape your soul and land on paper? There may be a good reason for the delay. 

This doesn’t mean that we abandon our computers and never write anything. If one project is not on God’s “to do” list for us, He may have something else in mind. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could peek at God’s bullet journal and see exactly what He wants us to do in six months, in three months, in two weeks? He may not always tell us what’s ahead in our writing journeys, but He does give direction. It may not always be what we expect, but it is good because Heis good. If we are faithful to follow the direction we’ve been given so far, we will be ready for what’s ahead. 

Just as we don’t need to get ahead of God in our eagerness to write, we don’t need to lag behind either. Dr. David Jeremiah once shared that if we stop plowing now, there will be a gap in the harvest later. If we don’t keep writing on our blogs, we may miss an opportunity to share encouragement that someone needs at a particular time. If we stop gathering stories, quotes, and notes, we may not have what we need when our secret dream of a project does start. 

So keep writing. Keep gathering. Keep working, dear writer. Stay close to God, and follow what He has directed you to do. Trust His timetable. There are adventures to be had. The results will be epic.

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Katy Kauffman is an award-winning author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. The first book she compiled, Breaking the Chains, won a 2018 Selah finalist award. The next compilation, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character, uses the metaphor of house renovation to show how God renovates our hearts. Katy’s writing can be found at CBN.com, thoughts-about-God.com, the Arise Dailyblog, PursueMagazine.net, and two blogs on writing. She loves spending time with family and friends, making jewelry, and hunting for the best donuts. Connect with her at her blog, The Scrapbooked Bible Study, and on Facebook and Twitter

9 comments:

  1. We can absolutely trust God's timing in our writing. He continues to amaze me as He brings the right people, the right story, and the right time together in my writing career to move forward... on the path He's determined. What a great encouragement your post is Ms. Katy. God's blessings ma'am.

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    1. Thank you, J.D.! He does weave the right people, stories, and circumstances together. May God bless your writing projects!

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  2. God's timing is always best. I keep writing and know He has a plan. I trust Him. :-)

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    1. Amen! He knows who needs to read our message and when. Thanks, Melissa.

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  3. Oh, this is good stuff! I just LOVE this part: "How do we know what the best timing is for a project? We stay close to the best Author. God wrote the bestselling book of all time, and He knows how to write our story." He is indeed the best author and His timing with our work is always always best! Thanks for sharing your words!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for sharing it, too. God is so faithful to take care of us and guide our steps.

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  4. What great encouragement! Thank you!!!!

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    1. You're welcome, Heidi! I'm glad you found it helpful. God bless you and your writing.

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  5. Katy - I need this reminder because I started the study I hope to finish now over ten years ago. God's timing is not mine, but it is perfect!

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