Collaborating: Embracing the wonderful and the scary

Art collaboration quote 1.5.15

We’re five days into the new year.

Five days of living with my One Word: collaboration. Wondering what God is going to do in me – maybe even what he is going to do through me – as I embrace collaborating with him for the next twelve months.

I’m reading Finding Divine Inspiration by J. Scott McElroy, a gift from my writing friend and walking buddy, Mary. The word collaboration is woven through this book – appearing on every page, seemingly in every paragraph.

Another word keeps popping up too: obedience.

Hmmm. It’s funny how I’m eager to embark on the wild adventure of collaborating with God. And then … there’s that word obedience. And my heart stalls out. I find myself pausing –mentally, emotionally – and wondering: Well, now, wait a minute. Just what is God going to ask me to do?

Isn’t collaborating me and God doing stuff together? Writing together? A little heavenly give and take between me and my Creator?

I’m certain God smiled when I typed that last paragraph. Maybe he even chuckled as he shook his head and thought: Beth’s got a lot to learn about collaboration.

I do. And I want to learn, even as I realize there’s something wonderful … and scary about collaborating with God.

In Your Words: When has God asked something of you that was both wonderful and scary?

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  1. January 6, 2015, 6:37 am   /  Reply

    Great to see you here, for the forst time in 2015!

    Interesting coincidence, because God asked me to do something the other day. I new it was going to hurt,, and it did. And does.

    Had to intervene in a situation and keep someone from being badly hurt or killed. In that I was successful, but my left had is pretty badly mangled, and my right leg does not work too well.

    It was scary, yes. I did not want to do it, no, and went cursing into the breach. But the important thing is turning my head to the reins that God snapped, and doing it.

    • January 6, 2015, 6:58 am   /  Reply

      Good morning, Andrew! Great to see you here, too, for the first time in 2015!
      And not surprised to hear you’re living out your value of courage/bravery, and that you’re helping/defending someone else.
      Thanks for the encouragement to be obedient, no matter what the cost.

      • January 6, 2015, 7:26 am   /  Reply

        I figure God gave us ten fingers (and two hands, for that matter) so we could have some to spare.

  2. January 6, 2015, 7:07 am   /  Reply

    Fabulous quote and graphic. Umm, yes, it seems to indicate a pretty close obedient partnership.
    Thanks and blessings as you co-labor.

    • January 6, 2015, 4:46 pm   /  Reply

      It does indeed, Dee — and I know that is probably one of the first things God will teach me this year.

  3. January 6, 2015, 3:26 pm   /  Reply

    Beth, when we adopted our first daughter. I was excited and scared witless. God came through.

    Just finished Catch a Falling Star. Loved it! I am working on a writing project and accidentally wrote “Griffin” instead of the man’s name. You have to be careful reading and writing! Can’t wait to read Somebody Like You!

    • January 6, 2015, 4:47 pm   /  Reply

      Shelli: Thank you for reminding me that yes, God will come through.
      And thank you, too, for sharing that you loved Catch a Falling Star.

  4. January 6, 2015, 7:15 pm   /  Reply

    I’ve discovered it’s easier to be obedient than to go through another trial because I wasn’t. If that makes sense.

    • January 6, 2015, 10:06 pm   /  Reply

      That absolutely makes sense, Pat. And you’re right: it is easier to do it right the first time.

  5. January 10, 2015, 9:15 am   /  Reply

    For me, writing is wonderful and scary. I’m sharing this, Beth. The quote means so much right now.

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