Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Speechless

Speechless
Worshipful Writers Series
Net's Notations Tuesdays

You lay down your pen, step away from the computer keyboard. Embrace wordless contemplation.

Writer’s block? Could be.

Poignant scene and you have to find the tissues? Sure. Tears for the writer mean tears for the reader.

Great review of your latest book? Probably wouldn’t make you speechless; you’d stay at your computer and post the news on Facebook. *grin*

What if it’s God’s presence overwhelming you? Has that happened as you’ve been writing?

I pull back my hands from the keyboard, raise them in front of me, bow under the glory. Speechless.

All month we’ve discussed worship in our lives as writers. Sometimes worship is wordless.

Be still, and know that I am God; (Psalm 46:10a)

And sometimes you have to step back:

Maybe it’s when God blesses you after a long period of waiting. You receive good news.

Maybe it’s when you hear from a reader whose life turned around because God used you.

Maybe it’s when you have to trust Him with another area of your writing. Worship in the waiting.

I love the account of David’s encounter with God after David learned of God’s promise to bless his “house” (his lineage) for generations to come. Really, David was learning of God sending Jesus, the Messiah, through David’s line. An extraordinary promise.

“Now what more can David say to You?
For You, Lord GOD, know Your servant.
For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart,
You have done all these great things,”
(2 Samuel 7:20-21a, MKJV)

David’s humble response is borne of thankfulness to God for His goodness. It’s worship from a poet’s heart. Love that. Sometimes we recite our verses concerning the King.

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
(Psalm 45:1, NKJV)


And sometimes worship is wordless. It’s okay to be a speechless writer in God’s presence. He’s filling you up for another outpouring of words soon.

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