Monday Meditations

Put Yourself Out There

“Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by.” Zechariah 3:5

Part of the creative nature of an artist or writer is the sensitivity. Unfortunately, sensitive people can bruise easily. Something bubbles within your soul and you cannot contain it. You release it from your fingertips, it flows into words. OK, now what do I do with it? There is an earnest desire to share it, to share this piece of your heart. The problem is: it would be like exposing yourself naked, for all to view. Who wants to stand bare in front of others awaiting condemnation? Well, fortunately our Heavenly Father is in the business of covering our nakedness. After all, when Adam and Eve discovered their nudity He didn’t send them away in shame, he covered them.

Zechariah had a vision he recorded in Zechariah 3:1-5. Israel’s High Priest, Joshua, was standing before the Lord in filthy rags while Satan condemned him. If you are standing before the Lord, who cares who the condemner might be? The Lord took away Joshua’s filthy rags and clothed him in festal robes. Zechariah suggested they throw in a turban for his head. The Lord did.

Jesus came to earth to cover our sins, mistakes, and inadequacies. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him,” Revelations 19:7 and 8 “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

Write for the Lord, and put forward your writing. Stand before Jesus and Jesus only, He will be your covering. If your writing is rejected with a reason, you can learn to make it better. It certainly won’t be accepted if you never submit it. If you are His child, you can rejoice in His covering whether it is accepted or not.

About this post:

Devotional originally published in Words to Write By, Author Devotionals Complied by Robin Bayne, 2008.

Beliefs represented by individual authors are not necessarily shared by all members of ICW.


  • Hilarey Johnson

    Hilarey Johnson grew up hearing that she would be a good student if she could get her head out of the clouds. Her daydreaming still makes it possible to get lost driving anywhere. She loves characters with a hidden or unknown worth who rise up to claim their identity. She writes redemptive stories from Idaho and travels in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Someday Hilarey hopes to time travel. She is the author of Breaking Bonds, and Dance of the Crane fiction series. She has written books and articles for Guideposts, Brio Magazine, Christian Living Magazine, local news papers such as the Times-News, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and others. She blogs weekly about "Intimacy with God for the Over-Churched" at Hilarey Johnson is the current President of ICW.

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