In January of 2013, I went for a walk/jog on which I had my music off and was talking to God. I was asking Him about what His plans were for me. I remember thinking about my blog and praying about it. After a few minutes, I remember very distinctly hearing Him tell me that something huge would happen in my life in January 2014. On February 4, 2013, I wrote this in my journal:
God, I know that I know that I know I’m supposed to be a writer… About a week ago, when I was thinking and praying about my calling, You gave me a date, January 1, 2014. I have no idea what this date means, but I do know that something miraculous [which is synonymous to amazing, incredible, and unbelievable] will happen or begin in my life or for a cause that I believe in on January 1, 2014 and will last until at least January 14, 2014.
On January 1, 2014, something unbelievable started in my life. I learned about a young woman named Lauren Bump. The circumstance that caused me to learn about her was tragic and awful and if I could do something to change it I would, but I can’t, so I’ll be grateful for the life lived by a twenty-four-year-old young woman who I never had the privilege of meeting. As I wrote in my post Live Like Lauren, Lauren Bump is one of the few people who can truly be described as a diamond in the rough. She was surely an angel in disguise sent to this world to balance out all of the evil.
Lauren Bump was a close friend of my best friends’ so in the days that followed her death on Tuesday, December 31, I clicked every link that I came across with her name or face on it. I wanted to know about the girl who made such a deep impression on the lives of my two best friends. With each link that I pressed, my respect and admiration for Lauren grew and grew until she had inspired me so much that I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer. On Sunday, one of my friends changed her Facebook cover to support Lauren, so I commented on it saying, “I never even met her, but after all that I’ve heard and read about her in the past week, she has inspired me more than most people have in the several years I’ve known them! The positive impact she’s so clearly made on so many people’s lives is inspiring and amazing!” Writing that comment made me want to write a status about how Lauren, someone I had never met, had inspired me and even left a deep impression on my life. In the seconds, my words became too many to be a status, so I decided to write a blog post instead. All I wanted from that blog post was to be able to share with my best friends, and maybe a couple of their friends, about how much Lauren had impacted my life in an unchangeable way in only a few days. Little did I know that that post was what God was talking about when He told me a year beforehand that He would make something unbelievable happen in January of 2014.
In less than three full days, over 900 people have read that blog post and the number is constantly growing by a few readers every five minutes. Compared to popular bloggers, having a blog post be read by 930 people doesn’t seem like very much, but when you compare it to the fact that that one post has been read more than four times as many times as all of my blog posts from 2013 combined have been read, that is truly unbelievable! God has used two burning lights to shine four times brighter and four times farther in three days than one light shone in a whole year!
I don’t know why God has chosen to bless my blog and get me so many readers in such a short span of time, and I may never know, but I choose to use this opportunity to shine even brighter than I ever have before. My intentions in writing about Lauren Bump were not to bring glory and attention to myself, but simply to share about a young woman who changed the world. Now that God has chosen to use Lauren to bring attention to my blog, I will accept it as a blessing and go at life with a new fire and a brighter light to leave an irreversible impression on the lives of every person who comes across my path. As I wrote in the first post about Lauren, my desire is to be like her in that even after I’m gone people remember me for the fire I have for God, the love I have for others, and the passion I have for everything I do. For the rest of my time on this earth, I will “seek peace, keep a joyful heart, and in all things, do with love,” as Lauren advised.
January 2014 isn’t half over yet, so for all I know, God may continue to bless me and my blog beyond my expectations, but if doesn’t I will be beyond okay with that, because for me, it’s enough that He used to Lauren to inspire me go at life with a new fire inside me, and it’s especially enough to know that He has had so many people read something I wrote. If does choose to bless me and my blog more this month, then I will take it as it is, a blessing and encouragement to continue to shine in this broken world where tragically evil things happen to beautifully godly people!
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