It’s taken me two years to bring “God on a Chalkboard” to print. In case you’re wondering, “God on a Chalkboard” is a 365-day devotional, Bible study and prayer journal all-in-one, written originally for my sons (but I believe anyone can benefit from a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father, which was my original intention.)
My first year was spent writing it. This part of the work was pure joy. Digging into Scripture, weaving portions of sermons and commentaries into the daily entries. I was moved to a deeper understanding of God’s Word through this process and often wept as He revealed Himself to me in the pages.
The second year was drudgery. I went through the book line-by-line, proofing, swapping out verses and juggling translations to strike the right note, the right blend of text, the proper flow. I revisited the weekly bible studies to ensure the message was tracking through, week by week, as I had intended it. I had to push myself to finish.
But, day by day, God gave me the inspiration and energy to finish it. And now, the book is complete and ready for distribution. I can jump for joy. The work is finished! Right?
Wrong. Now, I am in the process of promoting it. And, as I am a marketing professional by trade, I am enjoying the continuation of this work, doing what God allows me to do in each day’s passing. But it is still a labor of love.
Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So I do what I can. I try not to focus too much on the end vision and more on what I have just ahead.
It’s like walking in the dark with a flashlight. I can’t see what’s around the bend, but if I just take the next step, I will move closer to the goal. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” I am still learning to trust God to get me where He wants me to be. I am still growing. And that is the best part of the process.