How Bloggers Can Find Peace in the Process
The project was completed but I was stuck. Where am I supposed to go from here? Sometimes I wish God would beam me directions pertaining to my specific dilemma, straight to my front door. Kind of like those things the bank uses to transport your goods to your car window. Anyone feeling me right now?
It was a project pertaining to my blog that felt like a thorn in my side. I had trusted God to speak through the process of creating it, so why was my faith flying out the window now that it was finished? The green light had turned to red so abruptly, I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.
I pondered on my shaky faith as I logged off my desktop.
- Would I be able to trust God in the blank space just as I had trusted him in those which were filled up?
- Would I be able to hold still long enough to hear him well, for the next step and season?
- Would I be able to quiet my inner critic accusing me of being passive and complacent?
Letting Go of the Controls
For most of us, blogging isn’t just something we fell into. We dipped our toe into the waters at some point, and over time we went a little deeper. With practice, we’ve been able to learn more ropes and one day we realized we’ve a whole wealth of knowledge stored up in our cerebrum. Practice does wonders but then we find ourselves more comfortable taking on tasks. We go from small projects, to medium, to large ones as God expands our territory. But in my own journey, the familiarity has surfaced something sinister: the need for control.
As bloggers, being our own bosses is very rewarding but really, we are being God-led and need to remember this! Yes, it’s challenging to release our grip whether things are going great or not so great, but like all other areas of our lives, our blog projects, goals and missions are also in the Father’s hands. Purposing to place not only the project in God’s hands, but the pace of the project frees my mind up to worship him rather than use it to worry. As I think on these things, the doubting voice with unanswered questions quiets down.
Embracing the Color of Our Season
Whether we’re experiencing a blank slate sort of season or a full one, we can know there’s a purpose for each kind. Like myself, you may be in a transition period – gingerly sliding from green to yellow but feeling like you’re glued to red. God will use each kind of season to refine us, so we can be sure there will always be some growing pains.
But growing is good, and as we grow, we’ll become more comfortable with letting go of the need for control because we’ll remember God showed us the way before, and he’ll do it again. He will help us to learn to hear him better over the other voices pining for attention. Beginner, intermediate, or advanced blogger – he will help us learn to trust him over time.
I’m learning that blank pages, slates and empty calendar dates aren’t such a bad thing. They give us time to recoup and redefine our why. They remind us we don’t get our worth from submit buttons, project sales, or article counts. And when we start to feel ourselves getting flustered again, we don’t need to be condemned but simply to remember how author Sarah Beth Marr puts it so well. “God will get you where you need to be.”
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
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