The Blank Screen of Life

I haven’t written in a while. I hate to do this,  but sometimes a few days in between posts suddenly becomes a few weeks. I’ve convinced myself to start blogging again, to sit down and just get back into it.

baby and laptopThe problem is? I’ve got nothing.

When I first sat down at the computer, I stared at the blank screen for a few minutes before I started writing. Halfway through, I didn’t like where it was going, and I started over.

Second blank screen. Started writing. Didn’t like it. Started over.

So now I am on my third, not-so blank screen. But don’t worry, I am getting to a point.

Does life ever feel like a blank screen? It may seem like I’m grasping at straws, trying to think of something to write about, but really–think about it. A lot of times in life, we come to a point where we feel like we’re sitting in front of a blank screen. Maybe something that happened in the past has given us a little direction, but for the most part, we’re facing a lot of uncertainty.

As you sit there, maybe you have a brilliant idea and just like that, you know what to do. Most likely, you sit there, write a few words and then delete them, and finally close the computer and walk away because you don’t even want to think about it anymore.

The main difference between the writer facing the blank page and you facing your unknown future? The writer sits and waits for creativity. For inspiration. And when he gets it, he writes, edits, and hits publish (that is, if said writer is a blogger). After that, his job is done; no more worries until it’s time to write the next article.

For us, sure, we can wait for creativity or inspiration if we want. But if that’s the path we take, we’re relying on our own wisdom. We’re saying, “What do I want to do with my future?”and we go from there.

I don’t know about you, but if I were to plan out my future, it wouldn’t go to well. I might have a plan that I think is good, but I don’t know what the future will bring. Unknown twists and turns could quickly bring my plan crashing to the ground. Instead, why don’t I ask the One who knows all the turns that are ahead, who sees where my plan will fail, and already has an ultimate plan that will, in the end, be better than anything I could imagine?

We’re often unsure about asking God to guide our path, but He knows your heart and your desires. He knows the path that will bring you to a place where you can truly live your fullest. The thing is, we aren’t going to see the road map. We have to trust God to be our Guide, even if we don’t know where it might lead. Trust can be a scary thing at times, but once we learn to put our life completely in His hands, we’ll see that there is no better place to be.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)



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