It all started in Lawrence, Kansas. It was February 17, 2012. My family and I were at my uncle’s house. I was sleeping in the basement. Correction, I was trying to sleep in the basement. Sleep would not come. I felt restless and as if God was urging me to do something. Now, at that time, I was not a writer. I wrote occasionally (more often than most people) and enjoyed it moderately, but I did not write a lot, especially about more advanced subjects. I felt God wanted me to say something, and, honestly, it was not the first time. But I had not done it, because I was scared—scared that I would say something stupid or that I might say something wrong and mislead others. Still the urge was so strong I could not sleep. Trust me, I was tired, very tired, but sleep would not come. I figured I would not be able to sleep until I wrote. I decided to write, wether or not I thought it would actually be good. So I started to write what became We Are All Jonah. After I had finished, I finally got to sleep at eight a.m., and then was woken up later by my cousins at nine. Although I had gotten a mere hour of sleep, I was not tired, but far from it. Later that night when my family and I were home, I showed my parents what I had written and my mom said I should get a blog. Again I was hesitant, and I wondered to my self “Could I really keep writing like this consistently?”. But I realized that God was in it all along, and I did not have to write, I needed to trust God, and it would all work out. So I made a blog, and called it braedensconfabulations. Why? Because it has a good ring to it and I get a kick out of using big words (no really, I indubitably do). My first post was We Are All Jonah, what I had written on that couch in that basement in Lawrence. My second post, Ned’s Lesson, was actually a poem I had written before I had written We Are All Jonah.
I have now written many other posts, and I am amazed every time I read them, and I am reminded that this is not my, but God’s, work. When I hear about how my posts have helped people, it makes my day, but it also makes me wonder, what if I had allowed fear to control my actions, and decided just to listen to music and hope I would eventually get to sleep? What if I had never written about Jonah? There would be no blog here, and you would not be reading this. But I did. I acted upon faith, and great things have happened.
Do you have a dream? Do you feel God calling you to do something? Do not be afraid. If you do not jump, you will never fly. If you do not trust, you will miss out on great things for the Lord.
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. (Matthew 21:21)
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)