“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8 NIV)
“Lord, I’m empty. There are no words to write,” I complained.
For months the words, the ideas flowed. But now a desert, a dry, arid plateau settled in my mind. I reviewed jotted lists, thoughts, memories, but nothing sprang to life to write about. Instead, a still, small voice whispered, “Wait.” I don’t like to wait. I want everything now, neatly laid out on a computer screen.
My relationship with God turned a corner with a writing assignment in 1993. Seated in an adult Sunday School class, I accepted the teacher’s challenge to record thoughts in my daily study of the Bible. I started a hand-written journal which transformed into a computer file. It is a daily love-letter to my Heavenly Father in reply to His Love Letters (the Bible) to me. This awesome conversation fills my mornings.
But, I must confess, on this day little distractions attacked my thoughts and tried to drag me away. The internet grabbed me by the throat and sneered, “Come, see what I have for you!” So I deliberately turned off some disruptions and muted notifications on my cell phone.
Poised, in silence I cried out to God and begged Him to help me get the focus back, to receive His words. In perfect wisdom He told me to write about my struggle and thank Him for writer’s block. Struggles are signposts to point us back to Him. He gives words to writers - He gets all the credit.
I will exercise my faith muscle and wait on the Holy Spirit for my next assignment, written or not. I hope you will, too!