Daily Delight

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This week I’ve been working on launching a creative project. Making the decision to start felt holy. I felt the peace of the Lord and the excitement of beginning. I was embarking on a process that would challenge me and allow me to serve others with my God-given gifts.

So why did it feel so much less holy the deeper in I got? Inspiration quickly turned into insecurity. I struggled to make forward motion. I’m embarrassed to say how quickly I found myself in despair, asking God where He had gone. Maybe I got it wrong?

As I continued to look within myself for answer, I realized I needed to look to Him instead. Wasn’t this His idea in the first place? Then I understood: my shortcomings do not negate the promises of God, they enable them. When I am weak or losing hope, I get to choose to turn to Him. As I’ve begun to hold more tightly to His words, I’ve learned that heaven’s yardstick for measuring success is much different from my own. Rather than judge my small beginnings, I take them as sign that I am not failing, at all.

They are the test that will produce endurance, perfecting every part of me just as God promised. He knows what this dream will require of me later. I get to be dependent on Him, without striving, as we build this thing together. I do not despise these small beginnings, because they are not a reminder that I am not enough. They are the many small exchanges of trust that are teaching me how big God is. I can trust Him. He will help me nurture and release my dream, but in the process, He will also nurture and release me. 

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zechariah 4:10 NIV).

“… For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing,” (James 1:3-4 NLT). 

{words: @_lainstrat}

About the Author

Alaina Stratton≫≫Alaina is a writer based in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband, Blake. They met in 7th grade band and spend most of their time flirting over cups of well made coffee. Through writing Alaina shares personal stories of moments and movements of the heart; thoughts on identity, marriage, life with God, and more. Her greatest desire is to encourage others towards deeper intimacy with themselves and the Lord. 

She also writes for her personal blog (www.alainastratton.com) and podcasts alongside her husband for White Flag Wealth: a journey into God’s promise of abundant life (available in iTunes or wherever you download podcasts).


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