This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “start.”
It seemed like a long wait for it to start.
As the hours ticked by, the sense of anticipation built – the mixture of excitement at getting started, and nervousness as I wondered how it would go. My usual bedtime passed and still I waited – in a funny sort of way it felt like Hogmanay. (or New Year’s Eve to those of you who are not from Scotland! 🙂 )
The wait was not to toast the start of a new year however, but for the start of mentoring training I am doing with Journey To Heal Ministries. The late start was due to different time zones, but it was worth the wait. I’m just grateful for the technology that allows me to take up this opportunity from thousands of miles away!
And I’m pleased to finally make a start, because in some ways, the wait to do this has been going on for several years.
The stirring in my heart to reach out to women who have been sexually abused, to point them to hope in Jesus, and to walk with them on that journey, has been building for a long time – since long before I was ready, or had any idea where to begin.
Now I’ve started, but I’m not sure how it will work out. Much as I’d love a clear plan for the way ahead, I think instead it will be a question of trusting God for one step at a time and seeing where the path will lead.
These words from Zechariah encourage me that when it comes to restoring what is broken, just the act of getting started is pleasing to God:
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)
And Paul’s words to the Philippians remind me that the success of the task does not depend on me, but that it is God’s work and that he is committed to finishing what he started:
“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
I’m counting on that because I’m sure there will be some challenges ahead, but I’m glad to have made a start!