through His Word
“Humility.” The word was seared on my brain.
Two weeks ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, the attendees were dazzled by beautiful Lake Yale. Every morning the lake greeted us with its serenity and offered the perfect retreat for writers. Anne of Green Gables would have called it “the lake of shining waters.”
The sun shining on the lake, however, was blinding. One morning I was hypnotized by the glistening ripples, and I studied them too long. The image of the sun on the water was seared across my vision, and I said a fervent prayer that I wouldn’t lose my sight.
I concentrated on the image with my eyes shut, and I saw a word forming. I blinked once for the word to become sharper, and shut my eyes again. The image most resembled the word “humility,” and it was appropriate.
When God provides wonderful opportunities, brings more people to help us in ministry, and spurs readers to buy our books, the joy of success needs to stay balanced with the good sense of humility. If we’re not careful, success can turn into “Hey, look at me!” instead of “Wow! Look at God.” Success can shine like beautiful waters, but it can also blind us to Whom it came from.
Whatever great things may happen down the road, we can always delight in the reality that God has written. Our part is to faithfully follow Him and work hard, and He helps us even with that.
So when good things happen as a result of hard work and when new opportunities pop up, let’s remember Who is guiding us on the journey, and flourish in the joy of working with Him.
He is your praise, and He is your God,
who has done for you these great and awesome things
which your eyes have seen.
Deuteronomy 10:21 NKJV
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