My Writing Story… (continued from Part 1)
As a Christian, the Bible guides my life. I’m inspired by the truth and life application in God’s word. In some ways, I feel like Peter who took a step out on the water (out of the comfort of the boat) to do what Jesus asked him to do. When I’m distracted, and not focused on Jesus… I slip into the deep.
I can mostly relate to Jonah on this writing journey; however. Jonah wanted to hear that God would seek vengeance on the cruel and wicked city of Nineveh. He didn’t expect to preach a message of repentance to them. He MUST have concluded that they wouldn’t listen anyway, so why bother? He probably feared the people of Nineveh, and perhaps hoped for their destruction.
Why not run from that mission? It’s not a mission that Jonah would choose. But, God chose it.
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2)
Let me clarify, I don’t like evil and wickedness but it’s not my place to desire judgment or vengeance. God is in control of those things – not me. I can relate with Jonah on the aspect of not wanting to bring a message deemed unpopular. I can relate on wanting to run from a mission because I disagree with God about the mission, or fear the mission.
WHY ask me to do that?
I can probably write on topics that many in my Christian circle would rather not discuss or expose. I may say things that other not dare say.
I’ve overly-communicated many times. I’ve been misunderstood quite often.
Why would I want to take on a possibly “unpopular”message?
Like Jonah, why bother?
God was not okay with Jonah’s response. God sent a storm to get Jonah’s attention. He allowed Jonah to be in the pit of a whale’s belly! I’ve been through storms – plenty. I’ve felt desperate in some situations; I might as well have been swallowed in the sea.
Jonah – I “get you.”
I’ve been encouraged to write, speak to women, encourage youth, share my health journey, and bring a message of truth and hope. After a few very challenging years, I can hear God again telling me to go forward with the mission. He spoke to Jonah AGAIN afterJonah was released from the whale (which was probably the greatest trial of his life – being stuck in that belly pit). He was also in – the deep.
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.” (Jonah 2:2 – the first part of the prayer of Jonah)
The whale then spews Jonah on dry land. God speaks to Jonah again.
“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” (Jonah 3:1,2)
This time, Jonah listened. Jonah repented. Jonah was called to bring a message of repentance to others. The Nineveh response was unexpected. Jonah didn’t think the people were going to listen. He expected the worst. He didn’t want to bother. God had other plans. God knew better. Jonah just needed to do his part.
I hesitated through the years to a take leap of faith with published writing because I thought, “Who needs more information in this heavily bombarded information world? Who needs MORE words? What MORE can I contribute to what has already been said?” So, I justified NOT doing it. I’ve been through storms and “belly pit” experiences.
My promise is to stay true to God, to Jesus, and the things on my heart.
My promise is to NOT let my primary motivation be building a blog or business. God will guide – step by single step.
I promise to stay true and authentic. I am a busy wife and zeramomma. Family MUST come first.
Why am I doing this? God is gracious and merciful. He loves people (just as He loved Nineveh).
God is worth it.
People are worth it.
I love seeing one post reaching and blessing.
Of course it is!
I’m going to press on… writing the right stuff… the good stuff… the God stuff… the good seeds.
Planting God’s Seeds of Hope
*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com