hiatus: a pause or a gap in a sequence, series, or process.
As this new year begins, I’m going on hiatus.
It’s not unusual during this time of year, to pause and reflect on the goals and resolutions we’ve set before us. Many of us have made a routine of reestablishing priorities and healthy habits. We’ve set aside time to make lists and action plans.
This break, however, takes pausing to a whole new level. A hiatus takes a full leave of absence. One disappears from the face of the planet while on hiatus, and the intention to plan forward to future goals isn’t necessarily reason for the departure. In fact, by definition, a hiatus takes pause in the midst of something happening…It potentially stops something: a plan or a process. Rather than planning for something, I’m taking a hiatus to pause something.
Social media gurus and bloggers would tell me that now is the worst time ever to hit the pause button on blogging. I’ve received good traffic due to an article recently published in the winter issue of a magazine. Recent speaking engagements and worship leading have brought interested ears to read and hear more. Retreats are on the calendar and they will likely generate more online followers. I’m waiting and hoping that a publishing company, one which has been passing my book around the office, will come to this site, be interested, and ultimately decide to pick me up as an author.
While on hiatus, visitors to the blog will see nothing new. They will potentially stop following. They will eventually forget about the blog’s existence. Their interest will not be sustained. (This plan is opposed to every Michael Hyatt article ever written.)
Now is a horrible time to take a hiatus.
Well…it’s horrible only if media traffic, publicity, and strategic online plans control my fate.
I have fallen victim to the lies that elevate these methods and strategies above God’s sovereignty. In and of themselves, these aren’t bad things. God has and will continue to use them for His purposes. But, when all hope is set in them, it’s time to take control out of human hands, and back into the Father’s. He has told me to let go, yet my fists clench a little tighter. My trust in His provision and plan for me has been rocky at best, so this is not an easy leave.
Therefore, I am forcing a self-imposed hiatus. If God has plans for me, He will have to work…not my computer screen, the words on the tips of my fingers, or masterful networking. Quippy analogies and post series’ schedules won’t be able to contribute to His purpose.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
I will take myself out, so that He can be credited with anything and everything that happens, whether following my desires or not.
Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” I need to pause, create a gap, so that He can establish my next steps. See, I have been busy creating my own dance moves…and apparently, they are only spinning me in circles.
He is greater. Greater than the number of followers, retweets, or shares. This is a terrifying act of trust.
In the time spent away from the blog, I will be praying, meditating on His word, and loving my family and home. I will focus on all that has already been given to me–all the ways that He has already been faithful. I will spend time praying for friends and family. I will put dreams and goals for 2016 into Jesus’ hands, freeing mine up for service. And all of this will remind me that God’s main concern is not my success or how He will use me…but rather His chief resolution is for my heart. He wants my affection above all else.
And when I hear Him say, “return”, I will.
I appreciate the encouragement and kind words many of you have shared regarding my writing and music. I look forward to returning with a renewed heart and mind, excited to magnify the Lord with you.
“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!”
Love you sweet sister!
Iâve always been on hiatus and it is a blessed place to be.. now just contemplating entering this online world.. and it is with much trepidation and reservation given the issues you and many have.
Know I will be praying for you and am here for a listening ear.
[cid:image002.png@01D1493B.3C4ECB70]Nicole Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., LSSP
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Hyde Park Counseling Center
Austin, TX 78751
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Thanks, Nicole! Love you, too. 🙂 and anxious to see what God does through your online adventures. 🙂