God supplies all of our needs, and everything we have is a gift from Him. As His children, we know we are dependent upon Him for our salvation. But, sometimes we can forget how very active and involved He is in guiding our lives. His providence, or protective care and support, is what allows us to cast our cares upon Him. Until about three months ago, I would have never believed that God would have a ministry for me in blogging. In fact, the way it all played out, I have a feeling that if it were up to me, I would still be on the sidelines instead of right smack dab in the middle of where God called me to be.
A Rough Start
It all happened before I really knew what was happening. One minute I was considering trying a blog, and the next minute, it was in it. I had put down my credit card payment, commissioned a logo from Fiver, and was clicking through themes on the Word Press site. A friend on Twitter who blogs had been telling me to start one for the past two years. Every time, I had always just repeated back to her what I now believe were the enemy’s lies to me. “I wouldn’t keep up with a blog.” “It isn’t the right time for a blog,” and, “Anyway, no one would read my blog if I created one.” But on that day, it was as if my inhibitions were bypassed. I had base jumped off the blogging cliff before I even had time to check for a parachute. I was a blogger, and the technology part was harder than I thought.
As I started clicking around the WordPress site, in one short afternoon, I had made a big mess. I had deleted my “Contact” button, chosen a theme I hated but couldn’t seem to change, and turned the entire background a hideous red. I was beginning to realized that, at least where the website was concerned, I was in over my head. The doubts that had plagued me before started up at the back of my mind like a bad chorus in a musical. That is, until I remembered my friend Rachel who had encouraged me all those times. I thought maybe she would have some advice for me, and she did. She was supportive and gave me a few tips that she wished she would have known when she started. When it came to the technical help, though, she would have to refer me to the person who got her started in blogging all those years ago: her friend Renee. She gave me her number and set up the meet time for tech help over the phone.
God Showed Up
Now here is where God showed up big. As many doubts as I had about blogging before and as frustrated as I was with my inability to work the website, they were all pretty much forgotten when I saw the phone number. Rachel’s friend who had helped her get started in Michigan all those years ago no longer lived in Michigan. She had, in fact, moved 1,500 miles away to a city in Texas — that was about ten minutes away from my house! This HAD to be God. What would be the odds otherwise? Within a few days, she and I met at Starbucks for a website tutorial. She recreated my “Contact” button, erased my ugly mistakes, and sat patiently with me to help me create the site I wanted. Not only that, but the picture I had “happened” to choose for my background before I figured out my theme became the picture I needed for my very first article.
In the past three months since I started blogging, I have seen God’s hand again and again. He is right there in the way I get the ideas and words I use. For example, for my article called “All About That Butterfly Life,” I got my first line when it popped into my head as an answer to a #Healthyfaith Twitter chat question. I forgot about it until a few days later when a Facebook friend posted a picture of the butterfly in her yard. Inspired, I started writing, and when I got about two paragraphs into the article, I was still not quite sure where to go with it. That is, until my You Version Bible app verse of the day popped up. It was exactly the verse I needed to finish the article. This is just the story for one of my articles, but each one has a unique trail from the beginning to the end encouraging me that God is in the mix of it.
Each day I pray that God will make my blog what He would have it to be. A lot of the time, I see Him clearly, guiding my way along the path. Other times, I know I will have to walk by faith that He is there, trusting in His providence on my behalf. Either way, I praise God that He is a loving Father who always takes care of His children.
This lovely article was published as part of the June series of Telling Hearts. If you missed the introduction, you are invited to follow this link to more sister sharing>> introduction here.