Today I want to encourage you with something I am constantly having to remind myself of: the importance of being available.
So imagine you're a writer, and your dream editor is sitting in the lobby of a hotel. This could, by the way, be a reality for some of you going to writing conferences this year! You, like every other writer on the face of the planet, are nervous about your pitch, so you are hiding in the corner of a hotel coffee shop and mumbling your pitch over and over again to yourself. It's not perfect. You're forgetting words. You're forgetting details. You may even be forgetting your characters' names. At this point, you have two options. You can sit in that same spot in the coffee shop, rehearsing your pitch until you turn blue, or you can put one foot in front of the other until you end up in the lobby.
I don't know what the "coffee shop" may be in your life, or what your "lobby" is, but I know this. We spend too much time focusing on our insufficiency and not enough time focusing on God's ability.
I think one of the most vital and challenging aspects of the faith is simply allowing ourselves to be open. We like to have our own plans and feel prepared. We like to keep fiddling with details until every little thing turns out every little way we want it to. But life is messy, and sometimes being available means stepping out into the unknown. But isn't that what it means to have faith?
So much of the time, we need to remind ourselves that it's not about being perfect. It's about being willing.
For those of you who will be attending ACFW this year, this message is one I hope you carry with you as encouragement this week. God can use you no matter what you have done wrong. Whether you're sinned or whether you've forgotten your one sheets or whether you've accidentally slept through breakfast. Open your eyes to the opportunities He has placed in your pathway, because the plans He has for us are far greater than we could ever imagine. And if that's truly the case, why do we try so hard to stick to our own plans when He has something so much greater in mind?
Have you ever stepped out in faith and found God met you there in a cool way? We would love to hear your stories!