Here I am six months since my last post with no excuses to offer except stubbornness, fear, and if I’m honest with myself, a bit of rebellion.
This week I went away from the world on a defining the writer retreat. What that means is that I actually went away by myself to discover who I am as a writer before God. And trust me, it was needed after five months of using writing coach services on my first manuscript. The process was grueling and ugly and all sorts of gross attitudes and yucky things surfaced, not to mention the overall rewrite that is still needed.
With writing heart wounded and yet hoping, I armed myself with writing projects, three songs (my phone had no signal and I couldn’t get wifi), a Bible and a cool book called “The Pilgrim Spirit”, and went to a secluded spot on the coast and wrote, read what I wrote, prayed, worshiped and hoped.
A quote from J.D. Salinger’s, “Catcher in the Rye”, came to mind. WARNING: A SWEAR WORD FOLLOWS. Holden, the main character, says, “That’s the whole trouble. You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you’re not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write ‘F— you’ right under your nose. . .” [–‘s added by me] “If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn’t rub out even half the BLEEPS [again added by me, Laura] signs in the world. It’s impossible. . .”
This world is all about writing you know what on every surface.
On the retreat, out in the midst of praising God and worshiping and praying over my writing at the same time, God spoke. He told me that my words, my blog, is me writing the word “glory” on a surface.
It makes me think about our lives too. Our lives will write one word or another on the surface of everything, person, place we encounter. I believe that as believers in Christ that we are to be glory writers. I don’t know what this looks like for you, and even for me. But this I know, at the end of my days I want to have more “glory’s” than the other.
What about you, what word are you currently writing on the surface of your current circumstances, relationships, even possessions? What could you do today to write “glory” for all to see?
Holden might be right, we can’t wipe out every single “F— you” in this world. But we can try to write at least as many, if not more, “Glory’s”. I’m starting today with this blog. Glory.