Arise

by Kathryn Howard

 

“Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it”

(Ezra 10:4, ESV).

 

I don’t know if I want to write anymore. Author aspirations enter my thoughts, but then I clean my garage. I read books about writing and think, Yeah! I’m gonna do that. I’ll fish my soul for deep thoughts and maybe God will use them to encourage people. And I can use the royalties to pay off my house. But when I sit down to write, nothing, nothing, nothing comes forth.

Maybe I’m just in love with the idea of being a writer.

Still, I plod on, pressing key after key, praying something inspired spills out. Some pearl of wisdom, a funny story, an uplifting word. But the fan blows into my tired eyes and my back aches against terrible pillows.

I glance around my room and wonder if I will finally write when all five children are grown and gone.

I gaze at my husband’s photo and recall his words a few months before he moved in with Jesus, “Put everything else aside and write.”

That was three years ago.

Oh, how I wish lovely words would fall from the sky and land on my screen.

Nope.

I’ve heard, “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.”

Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

God blesses action.  He takes care of the birds, yes, but he doesn’t fling food into their nests.

I’m not a princess in this writing venture. I must prioritize a regular date with my laptop. Determine to write with or without music, a coffeeshop, or a fabulous chai latte with oat milk.

Do it or it doesn’t get done.  Simple and hard as that.

Set a goal and press on toward it. Follow the author and finisher of my faith.

I do want to write. To be brave, to push past fleshly feelings, and trust Jesus to lead me through this muddle all the way to the end of my story.

It’s time to rise to this task of writing. We have people in our corners. We have the God of the universe leading and directing our steps. Let’s arise and do it. No turning back.

 

Thank you, Lord, that we are not led by feelings. Help us instead to follow you as we write, revise, and rewrite for your glory. Amen.

 

Kathryn Howard is a seventh-generation native Floridian. She has been busy raising five children and is now in a new chapter as a recent widow. Howard is winding down into her last three years of homeschooling and it seems the Lord is leading her back into the classroom. Writing is a lifelong dream she is excited to pursue. God is good.

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