Friday, October 28, 2016

A Blank Sheet

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Writers face this every day: a blank sheet. 

Often, this is followed by a blank stare.

Which is then followed by a robust cup of dark chocolate coffee. 

Advertisement aside, a blank sheet of paper seems like a small thing, yet that piece of parchment can bring a well-adjusted gal (well, fairly well-adjusted gal) to her knees in frustration and tears. 

And rightly so. The knees part, that is. Writing should bring me to my knees.

In prayer.

Not simply to seek God’s direction about writing a fresh article or story but to seek His direction for my day. 

My life is to be like a blank sheet of paper that I offer the Lord each morning. I simply sign my name at the bottom and hand the page over to Him to fill in whatever He wants. 

The optimal word here is surrender.

I choose to surrender to God’s plan for my day. This begins with a one-time commitment of my life to Him, but also involves a daily surrender to His leading. Instead of handing Him a page full of my plans, I hand Him a blank sheet so that He can fill in the details. 

This sacrificial offering is encouraged by the apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV). 

When I consider God’s tender mercy in providing His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to take what I rightfully deserve (eternal separation from Him in hell), I am drawn to my knees in gratitude. Clearly, it doesn’t make sense that a holy God would rescue a wretched sinner, yet in His mercy, grace, and love, He devised a rescue plan. As a result, I am saved, as are all who put their trust in God’s amazing provision—the Lord Jesus Christ (his death, burial, and resurrection—the gospel story that provides forgiveness of sin and eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

In light of God’s mercy, I gladly offer myself to Him. I immerse myself in the Word of God to renew my mind daily, to learn what to avoid, how to live in a world where Satan currently rules, how to grow up in Christ so that I can abandon my childish ways, how to minister to those around me, and how to hold fast to His promises until I see Him face to face. 

As I interact with Him daily through His Word and prayer, and bounce thoughts/questions off other godly believers, His will—the good, pleasing and perfect will—appears on the page.

The blank sheet I handed Him now fills with His assignments. 

I love it when this happens. Never a dull moment in God’s Kingdom!

Yet, this careful filling of the page does not come without megadoses of unhurried time in His presence.

Along with a willing heart and listening ear.

May my prayer always be, “Lord, I give You my life as a blank sheet. Fill it in as You desire.”

I pray this for you, too, dear reader.


1 comment:

  1. May God his mercy on all those who are not any more to this world and we can only pray for them and their deeds. May God bless of all us.

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