Journey into the UNKNOWN?
As we all start a new year, for many, we may feel like Indiana Jones as we step out into the unknown. The last two years of pandemic have brought so much uncertainty for so many and as humans, we need a balance between certainty and uncertainty. We can all make plans for the year ahead, which helps to establish a level of certainty, but plans can change, brought about by the unexpected disruptions of life. Nevertheless, we adapt, we press on towards the goal, we finish the race and just like Indiana Jones, we follow our Heavenly Father’s instructions.
I am usually a very good planner, though, this year I am struggling. The reason for my struggle; I have surgery planned for 11th January to rebuild my shoulder. I've been waiting since an accident in June 2020 and it's been postponed several times, all for various reasons. It is likely that it will be postponed again. So, I journey into the unknown (feeling like the intrepid explorer) and I write what I can, when I can, however God leads me. I still expect to publish 3 more books this year. This is despite the unknown, despite the pitfalls and the barriers. I set SMART targets and know that despite hindrance, I will achieve. How do I know this? Well, God always sends the encouragers to bring balance to the hindrance. They come in the form of friends, family, and especially other writers. The family of the Association of Christian Writers (ACW) is the greatest encourager. Though many members are the same as me, with their own struggles, they always find time to motivate, support, and push each other on. I was inspired to write this blog after reading a blog by Wendy H. Jones and now I will commit to putting my plans for the year into writing.
Whatever you are planning for this year, I pray that it brings you happiness, hope, and joy.
Brendan is a Christian poet and author of 8 books, including 'The book of PSALMS in Rhyme.' He lives in Stroud Gloucestershire. There are 'self-made men' and 'God-made men', Brendan is the latter. An associate speaker with Christian Vision for Men. A member of the Association of Christian Writers.