Anyone with a passion for writing knows the frustration wrapped up in those two words; in having something to say but no way to express it.
For me, there is a joy in language, in shaping and crafting words to convey something to a reader that draws them in to a new understanding, an experience or revelation that they may not have ever accessed otherwise. So writers block is like a prison of frustration, a wall where I am trapped with fragments of thoughts but no way to connect or communicate them. If I stay in that prison long enough I can start to believe the lie that those fragments are not valuable enough to fight for, that maybe there's a reason I don't have the right words.
A while back I learned a principle that I have permission to feel anything that God feels, and I also have permission to not feel anything He doesn't. So when I have fear or anxiety I picture the Lord, the laughter lines on His face from an eternity of being amused by the plans of the enemy (Psalm 2) and I remember if He's not worried, I don't have to be either. Fear, confusion, panic, being stuck, are all things he has no concept of, so I'm free to eliminate them from my reality, by just asking what He sees or experiences that replaces those things.
There are things I would like to erase that He does experience, though. Rejection. Grief. Suffering. All of these things He entered in to willingly for our sake, so now they can be my invitation to experience an understanding and new layer of His closeness and perfection that I couldn't have otherwise. So, writers block? I have to say, it's not something I'd ever consider the Living Word to have experienced.
While I was wrestling with this recently, I read this verse in 2 Samuel 22:25:
God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes.
What if God has a story - your life - that he's burning with love to rewrite? This is a God who literally rewrites history (read Genesis 18:12 where Sarah laughs in disbelief at the promise of a child, yet in Hebrews 11:11 her story is rewritten and her legacy recorded as a hero of faith).
What if you are a beautifully and intentionally crafted thought in the heart of God that He's longing to communicate and parade to those who need to see?
What if the "writers block" He experiences is not self-doubt or fragmented thinking but a closed book in our hearts?
Can I encourage you today as I say to my own heart, gently but directly, "Open up. Expose yourself to His eyes. Let Him rewrite the pages that make you want to keep this from being seen."
His rewriting not only gives perspective, it restores innocence. He redeems completely whatever we give Him access to, He just can't help Himself.
Today I chose to open my book again to the Author of Life, and in doing so we both walked out of our "writers block" experience.
One of my favourite pass-times as a kid was writing. I used to make my own books and write poetry on our old type-writer. Thankfully both my writing and technology have come a long way!
It is my prayer that these posts from both myself and guest contributors encourage you to embrace the season that you are in and to live it with purpose for God's glory.
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