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God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. Psalm 54:4
What a joy this year has been! What a nightmare! Recently, I sat bolt upright in bed at 4:30 a.m. asking myself, “Where are You, God, and what have You done with my life????” But the ideas for these devotions just kept coming! Countless people wrote from around the world, called, stopped me at church, to tell me I was doing a wonderful thing. Wonderful? I just wrote four hundred words every day for the past year. What’s so wonderful about that? At her peak, Thornbirds author Colleen McCullough wrote 15,000 to 30,000 words a day on an electric typewriter! And I thought I had no life apart from writing!
But that’s just the point! I was writing for God and He is Life! (I’m even writing this entry when I should be sleeping!) God held the carrot in front of my nose, and I never tired of going after it. Minnesota’s award winning nature photographer Jim Brandenburg traveled the world for 25 years with National Geographic. He often took up to 300 rolls of film to render a few choices for publishing. It’s impossible to believe Brandenburg ever felt “increasingly dissatisfied” with his art, but in 1994 he began a personal project, limiting himself to taking only one shot per day between September and December. I heard him speak about this project, and sometimes he swore he’d go home without that one quintessential photograph to represent that particular day. But the “shot” always showed up, and the results made up his beautiful book, Chased by the Light (Northwood Press, 1998).
And so it has been for me. My ideas for devotional posts have burgeoned to where I had several dozen on my list, but often I would begin one and it seemed to go nowhere. God was faithful, however, and where one “literary window” seemed to close, a door would be flung wide and I’d be off writing again. That’s not to say each entry is perfect; far from it. But with a daily blog project, I never had much time to ruminate and revise, pontificate and purge. I just had to get it out there. And God delivered!
Thank You, Father, for being my partner in this project. Thank You too for my wonderful, faithful readers. Amen