"I was 34 when I found out I had cancer. Exactly double the age I was when God gave me the idea to create an Adventist magazine for younger people. I don’t believe that God makes bad things happen to you, but I do believe He sometimes allows them to happen to push you in a certain direction or pull you closer to Him. I had been sitting on this idea for half my life and hadn’t made any moves toward it. I was scared. The scope of creating an entire magazine by myself was so huge to me, I was terrified to act. I thought, 'Surely God doesn’t want a regular schmo like me to be in charge of such a big project.' After I got sick, however, I started delving deeply into the Old Testament and, for the first time in my life, I could directly identify with Moses.
Prior to this, he seemed too inaccessible to me. Like he had more courage and more faith than any ‘regular’ person. What he had to do was so huge and I had never felt that kind of burden. I couldn’t relate. But as I re-read this story – maybe for the 50th time in my life – I suddenly noticed his humanity. God ordered him to free the Israelites and he said, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?' That’s exactly how I felt.
God had put me in the right place to learn the right things to be able to manage this project but I was still so incredulous. So I decided to take action and one small step led to huge blessings. I ended up having the Georgia-Cumberland Conference take interest in the project and help me produce the vision God had given me when I was 17 years old. And God cured me of my cancer. My advice to anyone who has an idea for ministry that seems impossible is this: Break your larger goal down into smaller, less overwhelming ones and go. God will thoroughly bless you if you allow it, but He doesn’t bless lazy. You need to take the first step."
Emily DelMarie Long is the Editorial & Creative Director of 71.5 Magazine, a youth culture publication for Seventh-day Adventists. For further information or to subscribe, visit their website at 715youthmag.com, or one of their social media pages.
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