A while back I opened the box of marketing materials for my home based business; oversized postcards with a calendar on the back and ink pens, both items a replication of my business card. My first inclination was to inspect the contents and everything was perfectly placed and printed exactly as I’d ordered it. Then it happened! Putting the cards back in the box a few separated away and one looking suspiciously out of place fell to the floor. Totally blank on the front – nothing imprinted – completely pristine white. What would the voice in your head tell you at that point? Blank! Some thoughts went spinning through my head. Guess what they were. “This card is you. Your efforts are nothing compared to what others can do. You should stop this crazy notion and see the message in this blank card.” Blank!
How easy it is to be snared into defeat. How easy it is to be twisted into thinking nothing quite measures up. If at first you don’t succeed … just means you didn’t succeed – for the 100th time. How easy it is to give in to the struggle and let negative thoughts permeate our existence until we are like that blank card – and have nothing. It’s easy to lay down our tools, pack the protective tarp away, and let the freight train run over us. Or we can fight back! Recognize where the stinking thinking comes from. Look what it says here in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Do the dark thoughts and defeat come from God? Of course not. God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. Look it up. 1 John 1:5.
God had to speak to me about that blank card. Psalm 102:1-2 “Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. “ I know how to pray. I also know that even when I pray, God expects me to ask with the right motives and to do my part. James 4:3-4 “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives … Don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” Falling into friendship with the world limits my thinking to what I am able to do. Comparison is the opposite of contentment and when I compare myself to the achievements of others, I become my own worst enemy and that doesn’t please God either.
So what about that blank card? Could it be that instead of representing my nothingness, it represents a slate of possibilities? Was God showing me that He has a plan that has not yet been revealed? A blank card – where the future is waiting to be written? When my Bible fell open to Psalm 37, saw this message clearly. I hope these few inspiring words encourage you for the day ahead and help you see a new message on your blank card. How will you fill it up? It’s for a lifetime – not just today. Psalm 37 “Trust in the Lord and do good; Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. ….. The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Blank! What is your interpretation? It’s hopelessly blank OR it’s got space for endless possibilities? Start today to write on that blank card . . . Let’s get out there!
I was thinking Natalie Grant’s song Hurricane would be a great ending for this story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glRTnhssjA