Can God’s call on my life change?
Back in 2001, I felt called by God to write to bring others closer to Him.
As a self-employed writer, I focussed my writings on bringing glory to Him. My main writings involved sharing with others what I learned about God, His laws, His character. I shared these devotionals on my blogs and collected these writings into books.
But in 2016, I took on full-time employment as an administrative assistant working at a college. Working daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. left little room — or enthusiasm — for writing.
I wondered if I was letting God down by no longer writing to bring others closer to Him. I struggled with His will in my life. For 15 years, I had a focus, a goal. But now, I was living a very different life.
Could God still use me?
Yes! God affirmed my prayers and emphatically let me know that He still had a call on my life, although now it would look a little different.
He called me to be a light in my family, in my neighborhood, and in my workplace.
Although this didn’t necessarily involve writing anymore, it was still a call on my life to help to bring others closer to Him.
He placed the burden on my heart to pray every single day. Each morning, when I first awake, I drop to my knees beside my bed and lift my husband, daughter, son, and granddaughter up to the Lord and pray for their salvation.
I pray for my extended family, my neighbors and my co-workers on my drive into work — a beautiful 40-minute drive in the countryside and beside lakes.
I have set up a half-hour prayer time over the lunch hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays and invited other believers from work to join me in the Reflection Room at the college to pray for the college, faculty, staff, and students.
I have set up a prayer walk on Wednesday evenings to pray Numbers 6:24–26 NIV on each home in my neighborhood and invited my neighbors to join me.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
And although the recent coronavirus crisis has put a quick end to these group activities, I plan to continue them once again when we have the freedom and ability to do so. I will, however, continue to pray on my own.
At home, I have devised a fun alphabet game to play with my granddaughter to introduce her to scripture. She gets to run around the living room in search of hidden words written on colorful papers that, once collected altogether, form a Bible verse.
Although these activities no longer involve the act of writing they are still fulfilling the call God has on my life.
So whether I am writing or not, my call to bring others closer to God remains. I am sure He will honor any attempt I make to bring Him glory.