Called to Write
by Heather Popp
“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord”
(Jeremiah 30:1-3 NIV).
Four and a half years after we brought our daughter home from Haiti through adoption, my husband and I enjoyed a fantastic trip to Portland, Maine, and the surrounding areas. During my time with the Lord one morning, he spoke to me through the words of scripture in Jeremiah 30:1-3. God continues to heal and restore me from the captivity of sin. He also continues to heal our daughter from the separation from her biological parents. He has used this adoption journey to work in many ways within the hearts of my daughter, sons, and husband, as well as mine. He now asks me to write what he is teaching us so others may experience the same hope and healing.
What has God been speaking to your heart? What would he have you share with others so that they too may know him more intimately? Will you be obedient?
It doesn’t matter how qualified we feel about writing or what others think of our work. However, it does matter if we choose to follow God’s calling. Many of God’s prophets, including Jeremiah, didn’t appeal to others as successful, but God continues to use their obedience to speak to us through his Word today.
My passion compels me to share the struggles, growth, and hope while glorifying God through my words. Fear of inadequacy no longer binds me because God can do “immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV). My job is to trust the Lord to do what he says he will do.
What is your passion? Which steps of obedience could you take toward it? Do you believe that God will do what he says? What “land” or parts of your past will the Lord restore for his glory as you write?
Father God, you are the author of all creation, the only one who can truly heal, restore, and redeem. Please help me respond in obedience to your calling and bravely write the words you give me so that others may also know your hope and healing.