November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge for people all over the world to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. We push ourselves to produce quantity over quality (for now) just to reach this arbitrary word goal and “win” Nanowrimo for the year. I am one such crazy person!
I love NaNoWriMo because it challenges me to make time for my writing even when I don’t want to. I always have an excuse for why I’m not meeting my daily goals. Too busy, too tired, too uninspired to write. This morning I was feeling particularly low about how far behind I am, when I realized something: The conditions will never be perfect. Sometimes you just have to jump in and do it even though it seems useless. Ironically, this thought hit me at the exact perfect time in my spiritual life.
Recently I had a very heavy weight on my heart. Instead of laying it at the foot of the cross, I dragged it behind me like a dead weight and suffered myself in circles. But In Isaiah, God says he LONGS for us to turn to him. He anxiously awaits for each child to approach him so that he can take over our heavy loads and lavish even more love on us. Letting down my own load and picking up His, I can go further, faster, and free of anxiety.
The conditions of our spiritual lives will never be perfect and easy. Things happen and emotions go up and down, but God’s love is unchanging. A contrite heart he will not despise, so don’t hesitate to turn to Him in your time of need.