Monday, October 22, 2018

Your Lights are On!

His Grace Abounds
I enjoy discussing life’s deeper issues at our church small group sessions. Presently, we’re studying Max Lucado’s series on Grace. Last week, even though I’d tucked into a hearty breakfast before I left home, I felt ravenously hungry during our Bible study. So when I drove home at lunchtime, a single thought raced through my mind like a wild wind rushing by at 99 kmph. I HAD TO FIND A DELICIOUS BITE TO EAT. And SOON. The plate of rice, veggies and lentils awaiting me at home had lost their appeal. My insatiable stomach’s loud grumbles were insistent—I had to have something more substantial.

Drooling saliva, I drove to the local shopping centre and bought myself a toasted subway chicken sandwich, adding a decadent melting brownie for dessert. Mmmm. I couldn’t wait to get home to enjoy my meal with a good book. Unfortunately, I was waylaid. A saleswoman selling artificial grass thrust a brochure into my hands, pelting me a dozen questions. As politely as I could, I cut off her sales pitch and kept walking. A travel boutique loomed to my right. Oh! I had to buy a plane ticket to Sri Lanka. Should I pop in and have a chat with a travel agent? On reflection, I decided to do that another day. A good thing too.


When I reached my car, my eyes opened wide in surprise. A lady walking past called out to me ‘Your Lights are On.’ What? How come? As a new driver, I had already done that. Twice. It had of course led to a dead battery each time and a call for roadside assistance. So ever since, I have had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder whenever I leave my car. I check if the lights are off not once but three or four times. I make certain all four doors are locked. I walk around my car ensuring all is well.

How had I left my lights on? Perhaps my rumbling stomach had a lot to answer for?

I jumped into my car, inserted the key into the ignition and turned it on. Would it start? A few anxious moments passed and then … it did. Hooray! A miracle. Thank you God. Thank you so much. As I sped home, the lady’s words resounded in my ears like a loud symphony.
Your Lights are On!
 
His Grace Covers Me

I thanked God for saving my car battery. I thanked Him that I didn’t dawdle any longer in the shopping centre as I could have done. I thanked Him that He often over-rides my failures with His grace. And I even found a few writing tips from that experience!

1.    I had eaten a good breakfast that day, but I was still hungry. Note to self: Feed on God’s Word several times a day and let it nourish my spirit. If I make the Word of God a banquet I feast on, His truths will permeate my being. They will take root within and will colour both my soul and my writing.


A Christian writer's feast

2.    I was sure I could trust my compulsions when it came to my car. Apparently not. As a writer, I edit my words over and over again. But … I am human. In spite of all that effort, I will not always get it right, which is why I need other writers to come alongside me to critique my work. I need professional editors who’ll show me what works and what doesn’t. I need writing books to teach me. I need conferences and writing groups. Just like I needed that lady who walked past my car. They may sometimes state the obvious, but perhaps the obvious needs to be stated?

3.    I know it was God who nudged me to keep going after I bought my lunch. There were numerous distractions in that shopping centre and had I stayed another five minutes, my car battery might have died. Whew. Thank you God for your whispers. I need those murmurs in my writing journey too. His inspiration and my perspiration work well together. We are a team. He is the Leader and the Author.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we need YOU
4.    I deserved to have a dead battery that day. God’s grace  saved me. An undeserved gift. And so with my writing too. The Holy Spirit takes the words I write and uses them to bless and encourage others. Without His input—my words, no matter how clever or profound will miss the mark. Without His touch they will be dead and useless.

5.    The car lights being on that day could have led to a dead car battery. But it didn’t. My writing might sometimes seem to be a failure, but God can use that too. Only eternity will reveal what He will do with it. He is a God of second chances.

Let your Light Shine! 

'Shine your light' says Jesus to us Christian writers. As we continue to surrender every day to the Holy Spirit, His Presence will recharge and renew our batteries. Not only that, we would do as He asks in shining His love and light into a dark world in dire need of a Saviour.


Let Your Light shine through our words, Lord!

"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16


Anusha’s been on many interesting detours in life, as a lab technician, a computer programmer, a full time Mum, a full time volunteer, a charity director, a full time job chaser, until one golden day (or was it a dark moonless night?) God tapped her on her shoulder and called her to write for Him. She has never recovered from the joy it brought her. She loves to see others enjoying life with Jesus and does her mite to hurry the process in her world through her writing and through her life. The goodness of God is her theme song through each season, as she dances in the rain with Jesus. 

Launch of Dancing in the Rain - May 12th 2018

Please stop by at her website Dancing in the Rain to say G’day. Her first book 'Enjoying the Journey' contains 75 little God stories that will bring you closer to your Creator. Her second book ‘Dancing in the Rain' was released in March 2018 by Armour Books and brings you hope and comfort for life’s soggy seasons. 

14 comments:

  1. A lovely reminder Anusha about letting your light shine! My recent trip into hospital provided opportunities for sharing about my writing. We were doing a series of messages at my church on the theme of a new book by one of our pastors, Ian Miller, titled ‘Here I Am, Send Me.’ It was a lightbulb moment for me when praying one morning that maybe God had somebody in mind for me to share with in the hospital! As it turned out three of the nurses taking care of me asked whether I was retired or did I still work! So I told them what I did and WHO I did it for! Provoked some very interesting and worthwhile conversations.
    Thanks for always letting your light shine, my friend.

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    1. Hi dear Lesley. Thanks so much for your lovely encouragement as always. Wow. Love hearing about your experiences of sharing at the hospital. Yes, God took you there with a purpose didn't He? I'm sure those nurses have been blessed in ways you won't even know - by your sharing and who knows where it will lead. Well done for shining your light always. :)

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  2. Five wonderful lessons, Anusha. Love how the everyday occurrences can be teaching moments and that God can bless others through your words and writing.

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    1. Thanks so much dear Jenny. So glad you liked those lessons - well known lessons but so good that God continues to reiterate the obvious to this thick skull. :) And yes! It's lovely how He speaks through circumstances. Thanks for your encouragement dear friend.

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  3. I can totally relate to being that ravenous, wanting to do umpteen things and also facing a dead battery situ! Am so glad you reminded me of Matthew 5:16.
    Needed that. May God continue to shine through you and give you many more opportunities to bless others.

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    1. Hi Angie. So glad you could relate to all of that. And yes, love the way Matt 5:16 reminds us that it's all about God. Thank you for your loving encouragement at all times. May He continue to shine through you.

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  4. An encouraging and insightful post; thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Naomi for taking the time to read and respond. Always blessed to have encouraging feedback. Much blessing to you in your writing journey.

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  5. Hi Anusha, I love the lessons you got out of that little incident. As I was reading, I expected the end of the story that day to be far more annoying than it turned out to be. Glad it wasn't, and hope you enjoyed your sub and brownie :)

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    1. Thanks so much dear Paula for your encouragement. I was mighty glad the story didn't end badly for me. Whew! Twice was enough. And yes. I did enjoy every mouthful of the sub and brownie, especially because I enjoyed a good novel with it! Can't get better than that! :)

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  6. Yes, I think there are times when the obvious needs to be stated! I can relate to everything about this post. Thanks for sharing, Anusha.

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    1. So glad you agree dear Iola that the obvious has sometimes to be stated. I know I often need it in my writing journey. And also glad you can relate to everything in this post. Thanks for your encouragement and see you soon. Safe travels and happy landings. :)

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  7. Lovely post, Anusha. And so pleased your battery hadn't died! You draw such truth from this simple analogy, and remind us where we stand with the Master Author, who gives us grace and second-chances in the face of our imperfections. I hope after all that the delicious sub actually satisfied your hunger pangs!

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    1. Thank you Adele for your encouraging words. Yep! That sub did do it and the brownie was the perfect dessert! :) Thanks for asking. And much blessing over your writing journey in 2019.

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