The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Understanding When God Wants to Root You Elsewhere
There was a recent silence that gave me pause. It was unmistakable at one point that God was calling me out from a community to plant me where I needed to be to grow more firmly.
There’s a pithy quote that says, “When writing your story, don’t let anyone hold the pen.”
When we share our stories as writers, it’s inevitable that we’re going to get personal. Sometimes too much. Sometimes not enough—out of fear.
Our experiences stem from speaking our stories in a way that’s authentic, and many times, as a writer, I find myself pausing for a moment to look carefully and wonder if what I’m about to share is coming from a place of good.
When I recently shared some deep feelings of dissatisfaction with a business partner, I felt almost ashamed of feeling them. They were valid concerns that delved into the uncomfortable territory of race and the lack of inclusion that is observed in some Christian spaces. I wasn’t given feedback after I gave my solicited input.
Silence speaks volumes.
My attempts weren’t to regain anything.
What I discovered during the silence was what happens when people like me speak. It’s a sore spot for some to admit that we fail at practicing what the body of Christ ought to exercise: honesty, transparency, and the inclusion of all members.
This silence was enough for me to understand God was calling me out from among them to be rooted elsewhere. He is the One Who places me where I need to be to grow, firmly rooted.
I’m so sorry you had to experience that…being called out by silence because of race is such a hard thing (I’m Asian, and it’s happened to me more than once).
Your writing is so much from-the-heart. So glad to have found you here at FMF1
#1 this week.
Thank you very much, Andrew, for your heartfelt response. I appreciate readers like you who can see what many overlook or cannot discern. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to relate.
This piece is deep. It’s rare, as you state, because of fear. I’m glad that silence brought you into a new perspective, that otherwise would’ve been distracted with words. Words, sound, can be a distraction. Some things are better left unsaid, however, sometimes what is unsaid can speak even louder. Great piece! #FMF #43
Thank you, Lemon, for your reflection on this. Fear gets us stuck in the same thinking, when oftentimes, we are confronted with the opportunity to change and root ourselves elsewhere. I think that elsewhere is where God can really nourish the fruit we’ll eventually bear. Thanks for stopping by to comment. Appreciate you!
Silence speaks volumes… Thankful you were in tune with God’s call and finding your roots where they will be nurtured!
I’m thankful too, Annie. So glad the Lord closed the door on what would be a misguided journey. I prefer His way over what is trending–or worse yet, what proclaims His name but is not guided by His word.
It’s tricky out there and we need to be most vigilant and discerning for such a time as this.