“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.'” (Acts 18:9)
Paul had more reason than most to be afraid. He had been persecuting Christians, long before God called him to become one of them. He was outspoken and often said things others didn’t agree with, or things that had him put in prison. When Paul spoke about The Lord, people many were converted and accepted Him into their lives.
I’ve often wondered if I could be as faithful as Paul was, to keep sharing the message under such opposition. He must have been so convinced of the power of the message – so full of it, that he had to pass it on.
My writing over the years has often been things that I feel God has wanted me to write, because I needed to be reminded of them, or to even see them for the first time. Words that comfort me when I feel down; words that inspire me to do the things that matter; words that teach me new truths about God and His power in my pain; even memories that trigger lessons for today.
There have been times when I’ve written something about someone, or something that happened with someone, and had a real sense that I was supposed to share it with them. I have had times when I’ve said to God, “Are you sure?” It’s been uncomfortable to share those thoughts with someone who may have also been there and might see it differently.
I’ve been trying to be more obedient to those times God calls me to share my thoughts. He has blessed me on some occasions by the feedback from those I’ve written about, but at other times I have no idea what they really think – and maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe the most important thing is for me to keep on speaking, or writing, the words that God gives me and let Him work out what happens next.
Prayer: Father, just as in these words to Paul, help me to not be afraid to share the words You give me. Help me never to be silent when I need to speak about You. Amen
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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