If You Create the Space, God will Fill It

If my last post, Accept Whatever Shows up, felt incomplete, it’s because I planned to finish the thought this week. Which I will. But with some additional thoughts. Because the world can change drastically in two weeks. And it did.

The book launch party for Explore turned out different than what I expected. Which is sort of what I expected. Despite my limited advertising (Facebook event and invites, announced on the Created website, and a handful of fliers hanging in businesses and libraries around the area), only a few people showed up.

But it was good.

Because Jon had time to talk to a long time friend about the books we published and his photographs. Because I had time to get to know a new writer friend and chat with a friend’s daughter who also loves writing and photography. Because we had sweet, uninterrupted time to encourage our friend and owner of Created.

Different than what I expected. But so good.

Which brings me to the title of this blog. Jon and I have been listening to an amazing podcast called Bema Discipleship which is going through the entire Bible. He started in the Old Testament; I started in the New Testament. But when he heard episode 26, Creating a Space, he had me listen to it. I highly recommend it. In it, Marty Solomon makes the statement, “If you create the space, God will fill it.”

That’s what I feel like happened at the book launch party. I created a space. And God filled it.

Which brings us to today. The news, social media and everyone’s conversations are filled with the COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Everything that could be said, has probably been said. Some, like government officials, medical personnel, first responders, grocery stores and their suppliers, and others in critical positions/agencies are busy beyond belief as they react to the ever-changing situation. However, many suddenly find themselves with too much time on their hands as schools, entertainment institutions, and numerous businesses temporarily close.

Suddenly we’re forced off the hamster wheel. Told to stay home. Travel is suspended. Meetings and events are canceled. Calendars are suddenly clear. No rushing here and there.

So what do we do with this time?

Social media is filled with all kinds of suggestions. I won’t go into them here. But I will suggest the idea of creating space and allowing God to fill it. Create it physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

I know what it looks like for me. But it will be different for everyone. What will it look like for you? Please join this conversation and tell me how you’re using this time to create space in a way that God can fill it.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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