I love the book of Genesis. I love that God looks at each individual day of creation, steps back from it a moment, and calls it good.
The light? Good.
The dry ground and the seas? Good.
Seeds and vegetation? Good.
The sun and the moon? Good.
The fish and the birds? Good.
The animals? Good.
The human beings and all they inhabit? So very good.
And the rest, the sabbath, that follows? He calls that blessed.
I’ve been stepping back and looking to see what God has created in me and through me. I look at this blog and the space where I was before and there is so much goodness. The stories, the emotions, the victories, the challenges – all of it is so good. The relationships and the connections between sisters is beautiful. I see all the fruit He has borne from this adventure together and I can imagine Him stepping back, looking at all He has done, and declaring it good.
It’s been so good.
But there has been this nagging in me, this call to pull back, to rest the hoe that has been plowing the dirt that holds the seeds of stories. It’s a call to declare it good and let it somehow grow on it’s own for a bit. In my quiet time, He leans close and He repeats Himself:
Jen, how about now? How about you lay down this space for a time? How about you lay it down for Lent?
Do you know what’s ironic? I’ve been blogging for nearly 6 years. Six days of creation, six years of blogging. Maybe it is time for a rest, a time for me to look over all He has done, declare it good, and lay down the pen in this space.
I can’t wait to see what He does with the stories that are already here, how He will use what He has already planted to meet women where they are, to speak to their hearts, delivering hope and empathy and a friendly face who knows.
Because He can declare it good, so can I. To be content with what is already created and enjoy it instead of relentlessly toiling, to release the work so to enjoy the fruit.
I don’t know for sure what God is doing, but I sense a season ending and a new creation building.
But first, a long nap?
To all of you, my SDG Sisters, it’s been an amazing ride and I love you. Thank you for every prayer, every comment, every story, every share, every email. If it’s one thing I am is loyal, so even if we aren’t connecting here, you know I don’t want to lose contact entirely. We can hang out on Facebook or by phone or email. And of course, if you’re ever in ATX, be sure to find me.
You are loved. Your stories matter. Let’s see what God does in the blessed rest.
On Tuesday, Michele Morin shares the final SDG Connection post (at least for awhile), about what having a real authentic relationship looks like – the risk and the reward involved. Can we truly greet one another with and in grace?