About this time of year, many of us are thinking how we haven’t done so well with what we hoped or intended for the shiny new year! I didn’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I did set some intentions. God also gave me a word for the year. This year’s is “discipline”. LOL, I’ve flunked miserably in the past six weeks. Discipline is about the last thing I’m showing signs of. Feels more like I should have “flaky” as my word of the year instead. Far more chance of living my word that way!
Thankfully God still has another 46 weeks of 2019 to work on me. I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll be a lot more disciplined, and a lot less flaky.
The year so far has been interesting. Sometimes the good sort of interesting, and others… not so good! We’ve both had flu, the type that lingers. I had to have some medical tests done, and part of the prep exacerbated my “new normal” level of symptoms. Hubby has had some worse-than-usual flare-ups of his health problems. One of his beloved cats has gone missing. His elderly mother has put her home on the market and plans to move cross-country to be nearer her grandson and his family. My writing schedule suddenly went topsy-turvy and I’m now working on a different book, one I hadn’t intended to write till the summer. My brain doesn’t always respond well to sudden changes of gears like that, and I’ve been spinning my wheels more than I like.
None of this is really bad stuff. God is good, and he brings us through every trial. I know for sure that someday, we’ll get to recognize the gifts He had for us in the trials. And there’ve been plenty of blessings, too. One big bright sparkly one, a bunch of little pearly gleaming ones, and no doubt far more I didn’t even notice, hiding their treasures. As a teen I was fascinated by lapidary, the art of polishing pebbles and semi-precious stones. The most beautiful gemstones start off looking like pebbles, till they’re broken open or till the pebbly exterior is cut or polished away. Then their beauty shows.
A lot like trials. A lot like us.
I’m sure God sees the gemstone hiding in each and every person. Right now, all I see is pebble, in myself and in my life. But He sees the gem I will become, just as he sees the gem you’ll become, too. He’s definitely hard at work with that polishing process! Like a gemcutter working on a beautiful diamond or emerald or sapphire, He won’t stop until we’re perfect and sparkling and flawless. And if we don’t feel quite that gemlike, it’s good to know that even the plainest most ordinary pebble becomes beautiful when it’s polished right.
So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here. These trials are only to test your faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests gold and purifies it — and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold; so if your faith remains strong after being tried in the test tube of fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day of his return. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (TLB)
I love being able to trust in God’s promises to grow us into the people He created us to be!
Characters can be pebbles, too, until we see the gem within. So much harder to write than the obvious gems! Sometimes I seriously struggle with those pebble characters. Could be why Brodie Macleans story has gone on hold again for a little while, so I can work on another project. This story is one I’m super-excited about. My first eighty-plus hero and heroine. And thankfully, they’re not hiding their God-given gem qualities quite as much as Brodie! But I’m looking forward to getting back to him soon, with some extra insights.
Just as soon as I get this novelette finished. :)
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How has your year been so far? Joyfully living your word (or your resolutions and intentions), or feeling the opposite of what you hoped? Any prayer or praise requests? One comment made on this post by February 20th will be randomly chosen to win the commenter’s choice of my ebooks.