But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them. (Isaiah 30:18 NLT)
Often around this time of year, you may hear me say, “I wish I had a magic wand!” Recently, to my delight and relief, I discovered that I do have a magic wand. I found it one day when I was using my journal.
The joy of keeping a journal started many years ago, when as a young teenager I needed a place to privately vent my feelings without censure. As I grew in my relationship with God, my journals became the place where I recorded my thoughts, my feelings and dialogues with God.
A journal has so many purposes, I could never describe them all in one post. But the other day I realized that my journal is my magic wand!
Here’s a glimpse into my musings that day. I started out with this thought:
I wish I had a magic wand to get ready for the holidays…
it would clean my house
decorate for Christmas
give me plenty of time to play, to create, to share, to love myself and others
Then I wrote this confession:
I feel pressure, stress, fear of not finishing, lack of energy, overwhelmed, cluttered, shut down
On the next page, this revelation poured from my pen:
My magic wand is spending an hour journaling, playing with mixed-media, taking a walk with our new dog, Kokomo.
My magic wand is prayer, seeking God’s presence in every moment.
Permission to pause, to read my book club book, to let the dishes sit in the sink, to leave clothes unfolded, to trust, to wait, to invite GOD to reveal His character into my life, to invite GOD to lead, energize and direct me!
Finally, I drew a magic wand in my journal with some words of affirmation:
I have a magic wand…it helps me to do my to-do list…it gives me permission to have fun, to be creative, to play before I work; it inspires me to use what I have…to look for grace and energy from the Holy One!
Maybe you’ve never wished for a magic wand. But I invite you to pick up your pen and some paper, and then let God know what you wish for. Give it a try! Finish this sentence:
Linking up with Random Journal Day