by Sandy Kirby Quandt
During the time Woven and Spun was non-operational, God showed me even a good thing can become an idol if we aren’t careful.
Throughout the weeks the blog was deactivated, I asked God if he wanted me to continue using the gift of writing he’s given me through Woven and Spun. Should I give up on the blog, or not? I wasn’t sure.
At one point in my conversations with God over this, I told him I wanted to quit. To that I felt as if he told me, “That’s fine. You can quit. I won’t force you to continue.”
For the briefest of moments, I felt relieved.
But only for a moment.
The longer Woven and Spun was deactivated, the more I realized how much I missed it. I missed sharing small glimpses of what God shows me to you, dear Woven and Spun readers.
I also realized resolving the blog issue was more complicated to my very limited technical ability than I knew how to resolve. I had no solutions.
One morning after I finished my devotional reading during my prayer time and journaling, the thought came to me that maybe, just maybe, I’d allowed Woven and Spun to become an idol.
Silly, right? How could a good thing, a thing being used for God, be an idol?
But I asked God about it anyway, just in case I had allowed the time I spent on the blog to become an idol.
And you know what? I believe God told me it had.
As soon as I closed my journal and admitted not only to God but to myself Woven and Spun had become an idol, I received an email from Wordfence checking to see how my blog was going, asking if the hosting server had reactivated it or not.
Although the security analyst had no obligation to do so, he offered to help me find a solution to the problem. I do not believe that email a coincidence. I believe God’s hand directed its delivery which resulted in Woven and Spun returning.
Like me, is there anything in your life, even a good thing, which sneaked its way in and become an idol? Anything that wiggled into your life innocently enough, and put itself before God?
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You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god! Exodus 20:4-5 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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