Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fear Not

I have learned a very big lesson going through pediatric cancer.  I have learned about my own insignificance.  I don't mean I am unimportant, or that other people are better than I am.  I mean that I know I can do nothing--not on my own.

My greatest desire is for the safety of my children.  I can do many things to help them toward this goal, things like making them wear bicycle helmets and seat belts, or teaching them about strangers, but in the end there is nothing I can do to keep them safe from cancer, car accidents, kidnappers, or just plain old bad things.  Only God can do that. 

It's like my life as a writer.  I can control only certain aspects of my "career".  I can polish my writing skills, edit my words to perfection, study the current book markets, and send my manuscripts out--but I cannot control whether an editor rejects or accepts my work.  I do all I can, but in the end the outcome is not really my decision to make.

What is your greatest desire?  Are you pulling the load on your own?  Is it too heavy for you?  Give it to God; he will carry it for you. 



Trees photo


Psalm 46: 1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and thouh the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.

12 comments:

  1. Great post, Katie! Love that verse, and the tree picture =)

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  2. It's refreshing reading your blog. I love how you are so close to God. It's wonderful.

    Is that Selah, like the group? They sing some great songs!

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  3. Thanks Ruth! When I saw that picture I fell in love :)

    Cat, I'm glad you enjoy it. Selah was actually just a part of the Bible verse. I hear it means "think on these things", or something like that! LOL

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  4. Katie, there is beauty in the truth of 'I do all I can.' Sometimes pulling the load on our own gets so tiring that even breathing is difficult. I'll do what I can, and let go of those I can't. Thanks for the comforting & lifting message from this post!

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  5. Katie, I really miss reading your blog. This is good life and good writing advice. I just read another blog about how "luck" plays a factor in getting work published. Whatever a writer calls it, luck or God, there's a joy to be had in releasing that heavy load and moving on to the next step in life. Thanks you for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

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  6. I'm glad you both enjoyed it, Claudine and Miranda!

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  7. Great post! Encouraged me this afternoon...I needed it...

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  8. One of my top favorite verse!

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  9. I'm glad to encourage, Jennifer :) And Covina, I love this verse as well!

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  10. Great post. Sometimes letting go of the controls is the bravest thing we can do.

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  11. If I control things I'd make sure no animal goes without a loving home. However, since I can't control it, all I can do is pray! But it's tough not being able to control things you care about most.

    I also love reading your blog posts. You uplift me everytime!

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  12. Thanks, Fi and Allyn. Good to have you stop by!

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