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On Earth As It Is In
was a time not too long ago when I wrote “daily” inspirational
emails to a few folks here from my home in the “Great White North”
( Canada ). Referring to my beginnings as a writer as humble, would
be the understatement of all understatements. “Ignorance is bliss”
speaking, I had no idea what I was doing to the point, where I had no
idea that I had no idea! While still employed, therefore working at
the time, I would sit at my laptop, five hours per day, every single
day, to prepare five minutes of reading material, with the prayerful
hope that God would transform my meager offering into a blessing to
others. While the productivity was no doubt lacking, the effort and
passion were not. I would race home from work with one thing on my
mind to encompass my evening: “Write”! My time at work would be
spent thinking about the subject matter I wanted to write about later
in the day. So, it quickly became a “24-7” dynamic in my life
that would spread into every aspect of my breathing on planet earth!
I often would write regarding the experiences I would have in God
throughout my days. “Availability”, I was learning, was all God
asked for. Day after day without fail, He opened doors of
opportunity. I simply and thankfully walked through them. A lifestyle
was being established by God that was motivated by one singular
thought from my perspective: The desire that, “whatever” you God,
have in mind for my life today in heaven, may it be done on earth.
it turned out, and to put the time frame in its graphically proper
perspective, that season in my life would last three years - that’s
over one thousand days - that’s over five thousand hours of
writing! And that was all preparation for writing E-Books. Did I know
at the time? Well, that would suggest I knew what an E-Book was,
which I didn’t. But God did! As for me? I was far too per-occupied
trying to find the next letter I needed to locate on the keyboard!
the background of my life, God was taking care of the future but it
was my responsibility in the immediate, to find the next letter. He
took care of the rest! This is book “forty-one” in less than four
months. Isn’t it amazing what God can do with simple availability!
often wondered why God didn’t simply recruit someone who would have
been qualified from moment one, seeing as I couldn’t have been less
qualified. He would have saved a lot of time, don’t you think. Well
I’ve surmised, and this is no more than a “perhaps”: The one
who was qualified, wasn’t available. I may have been granted this
wonderful opportunity by default!
what Moses said when God found him hiding on the backside of a
mountain. God had asked Moses to deliver an important message to the
Pharaoh. The Pharaoh was who Moses was hiding from for a very good
had killed an Egyptian guard while defending one of his enslaved
countrymen. To make matters worse, Moses stuttered making him the
least likely candidate for the task at hand. Thus, Who me? God
assured Moses that this scenario was far less a ME and far more a WE!
God promised His accompaniment and based on that, Moses made himself
and a half years ago I was the “Prodigal Son” returning home
after a very long absence from fellowship. Back then, the thought of
walking in a church sent chills down my spine and for good reason.
Reasons that truly don’t matter anymore.
can, on some minor level relate to Moses. He had been behind that
mountain for quite a while before God showed up with His request. I
believe Moses was committed to staying behind that mountain for the
rest of his life if necessary. Then God changed his mind and his
entire life and legacy in the process. The reason Moses is to us, who
he is today? He made himself vulnerable and left his mountain of
self-thought protection and chose to trust his God. This was no small
decision. If he was wrong, Moses was going to die!
with myself, God showed up, seemingly out of nowhere with a request.
It had been a very long time since we last chatted, but there are
certain voices you never forget. His would be a the very top of that
list! Moses didn’t question “who are you” he said “who me”.
over time I had built a “mountain” of reasons to consider God’s
request insane at best. “Bill, I want you back in church. Not just
any church, but a specific church”.
in New Market, which was where my sister and brother-in-law attended,
was God’s designated landing spot for my questioning and fearful
soul. Church to me, was much the same as the Pharaoh was to Moses! So
my “who me” seemed fittingly appropriate as a response.
my Lord, who I was surprised to realize, was still my Lord, said:
“I’m not asking you to trust anyone but Me. Can you do that? Be
assured, I’ll be going with you”.
the next Sunday, sweating all the way up highway 404 from my home in
Scarborough, at age sixty six and feeling older with every passing
minute, I arrived with full intentions of finding a seat in the very
back row and surviving what I believed would be torture. I knew all
it would take, to confirm to me the factual content of my mountain
would be for one person to say the wrong thing. Thin ice to be
walking on! A gamble with much to lose at stake. But I was promised
that Jesus would be there with me so I was there, while having no
idea what to expect.
to me, all went well. Thinking back, I shouldn’t have been quite so
amazed. I did have His word! Besides, I hadn’t left church life
because of Him.
success, would compile into a list of successful Sundays, one after
another. I was glad to be back. My mountain was crumbling one Sunday
at a time.
here’s the moral and point to this true story, as it relates to
“writing”: It was at Crosslands, I would meet the initial
recipients of those early daily emails. Until then I hadn’t written
a truly significant word in my life. That would be the beginning of
what is now: Forty one E-Books and over two thousand downloads later.
If you knew me you would understand how amazing that is!
a chilling thought to me when considered: What if I didn’t say yes
to My Lord’s request to trust Him? I was certainly scared enough
to say no. In a likewise manner, what if Moses had done the same and
refused his God’s request to be trusted? He was afraid as well.
Conjecture perhaps, but never the less chilling, when realized how
profoundly important our Yes’s are.
it was with me, I wasn’t saying yes from a place of strength. The
fact is I was quite the mess. I wasn’t saying yes because I
thought it was a good idea. Just the opposite was my opinion.
said yes in spite of me not because of me! I said yes based on the
One who was asking, not what He was asking! Sometimes we are called
to say YES in spite of ourselves. Those are the times when it may be
most important to say YES!
bottom line and back to availability: Short and simple: Our
availability qualifies our usability. God transcends our shortcomings
and in-sufficiency’s with His all-sufficiency. Every YES that is
spoken has far more futuristic meaning than we could ever imagine.
So, when it comes to our walk with Jesus, we just keep looking for
the next letter on the keyboard and before we know it, we have
written a story, one letter at a time! Better said; One YES at a
time! Available 24/7. There’s nothing this world can offer to
compare to its reality. An intersecting with heaven on a regular
basis lifestyle! A seeing God making ways where there are no ways!
It’s amazing and available to all for the choosing! In the Gospels
we see fisherman and tax collectors saying YES. How unqualified is
that? Those same folks, who once were considered by many to be the
dregs of society, are now called Apostles! Oh what God can do with
available people is unlimited!
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