Last night at a meeting for writers, we were all encouraged to let our passion for writing move us forward. That’s an easy thing to agree to do while “up” there with all the other writers. Today I have to get going again. Vacation is over.
I picked up the same message this morning in my Bible reading:
6The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7Resume your journey, and go into the hill country of the Amorites as well as into the neighboring regions – the Arabah, the hill country, the Shephelah, the Negeb, and the seacoast — the land of the Canaanites and the Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. 8See, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land that I swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.” (Deuteronomy 1:6-8 NRSV)
While their battle for possession of the Promised Land would be more physical, the battle to get going on a passion-driven avocation or occupation can be daunting as well. The enemy can look like us and can seem so powerful. Looking in the mirror may make us feel inadequate to the task. Fear-filled scenarios can take over our imagination. The scope of the work seems endless.
I noticed that the Lord assured them the land was already theirs. He said “…go in and take possession of the land that I swore to your ancestors…”
For anyone who has sensed a call to a certain objective and now finds himself or herself stuck, there is a message here. Today is the day to come down from the mountain and resume the journey to that promised place.