What if an issue I’m having, is actually not the real issue at hand?
For instance, I’m planning to attend a writer’s conference in America next year. I am SUPER excited to head back to the States and meet real authors who can help me improve my craft. But there’s a few hurdles to overcome first.
When’s the right time to go? When will I be ready? Which conference should I attend?
And, the one that’s concerning me the most; who will I travel with?
So far I haven’t found a travel buddy. While doing the conference alone doesn’t bother me, travelling as a tourist after the conference does. I get lost in Australia; how will I find my way around the gigantic cities of the USA? And if I never find someone to come with me, will I get to go at all?
But the other day, something occurred to me. I’ll bet that God’s not worried about which conference I choose or who I go with.
Sure , if He particularly wants me at one event He’ll direct me toward it. If if a travel buddy is necessary, He will provide one. But I think the detail He is way more interested in is whether or not I trust Him.
It’s tempting to stress. It’s tempting to set a deadline and say, ‘God, you’d better give me an answer before this date, otherwise I can’t go and my world has crashed around me’.
But I’ve learned that God usually breaks those deadlines. I think it’s on purpose to stretch me.
Far more important than the fun of the trip, the networking I do and the skills I learn, is how my relationship with God fares during the process.
As the time draws nearer, will I wonder if He has lost control? Or will I pray about my concerns, do the best I can, and then trust it to Him?
Maybe the point of the conference, isn’t actually the point of the conference at all.
I faced the same situation months ago with my job. I didn’t know if I should find a new job, which one I should pursue, or if I should work two part-time jobs. I stressed and stressed and stressed.
At the end of the day, God probably wasn’t as concerned about the job as He was about my attitude.
I wasn’t really freaked out that God wouldn’t provide; I was more worried that I’d make the wrong choice. I didn’t trust that God would come through on His promise to guide me.
It was a painful lesson, but God’s helping me to not fall in the same trap this time.
Do you have any such issues in your own life?
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