“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”
I hope you’ve watched the movie, Finding Nemo and if you haven’t, go watch it … right after you finish reading this ;)
When I started this blog back in August 2011, I wondered if there really was a purpose? I felt a strong desire to write but who would read it?
Would anyone really care what I had to say?
Would my life really matter to others?
Could my experiences actually help others?
Could I really help someone through a blog?
Would this actually make an impact on anyone’s life?
Even today, I find myself asking these questions over and over. My blog isn’t viewed by many. In fact, probably only a handful read it regularly. I’ve poured two years of my life into writing here (not always very regular, mind you!). But the answer to the question, “Would this actually make an impact in anyone’s life?” is most definitely, YES!
If nothing else, it’s impacting my own life! It’s keeping me in God’s word. It’s making me think and it’s helping me to step out of my comfort zone, to learn to embrace new things and new challenges and preparing me for greater things to come!
I don’t always get to hear how my stories, trials, triumphs have helped others, but this blog has very much had an impact in my own life. I know God is using me. Perhaps this is how he is preparing me to write a book. Perhaps these are the stories he’s having me collect so that some day, I can speak them with my voice. I know he is growing me.
The most encouragement though is when someone shares how God is working in them through my blog. If you have a story, please share it! It’s very much an encouragement for me to hear how God is working in your life.
And then someone shared this story…
“I read your blog about perception and darkness. I read it several times but wasn’t really getting what you were saying. I opened my Bible to the verse you had mentioned “…If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:23. I read it a few times but still, it just wasn’t getting through. Then I read the verses before and after…
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Immediately, it was clear to me that God was not speaking to me about the darkness. He was using your blog, your story, to lead me exactly where I needed to be. I needed to hear about treasures. I needed to hear about money. God was speaking to me, through you.
Later in the day, I sat with my daughter to read her devotional book. We had struggled for weeks to make very much progress in this particular book and when I opened the page to today’s lesson, I said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” It was the exact verses from above. That was just confirmation that God was speaking to me and he did all of that through you.
Had you never taken the time to share your thoughts, I would not have searched for that in my Bible. Had you not taken the time to share your heart, I would have missed out on a lesson that God had for me. Keep on keeping on!”
A few days later, this same person called to add to her story. She had prepared for a prayer meeting with a group of ladies but the date got changed. The next prayer brought her right back to these verses. Once again, God was teaching her and by this point, it was so clear to her, maybe not the lesson he’s trying to teach, but he that he is very much trying to teach her something.
And that my friends, is why I sit here amazed. I am just a girl who is more broken and messed up than most and yet God chooses to use me. Being able to see that my brokenness can and does have an impact on someone else is the most amazing blessing ever. I am so thankful that God has given me eyes to see his blessings in my life and the blessings in others!
I hope you will share your stories! Remember, you may never know who you’ve had an impact on or how your story has changed their lives but I can assure you, your story can change lives. God can work in you and on others through you if you let him.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 2 Peter 2:9