The Holy Calling to be a Writer

I open waymaker and caress the pages. 

I begin to read, and Ann’s words resonate through my soul:

“When everything stills, you can see your reflection, see into the depths of your soul, see the contours of things.”

Ann Voskamp

Her words still my angst, calm the turmoil of doubt. 

“This is why I want to publish more books,” I sigh. “So, others can hold hope in two hands.” 

Refrain from the Identical: Insights and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics

I continue to read: 

“The only way to know the way you’re about, is to so intimately know God that you see yourself as God sees you.”

Ann Voskamp

Ann’s insights cause me to question. 

Does God see me as a writer? I wonder for the thousandth time. 

If so, then I must first and foremost write for an audience of One, the Creator of all that is pure and lovely and hopeful.

If I don’t get this right, I muse, then why does all the writing for others matter?

“In stillness, there can be attentiveness beyond our own questioning of God, to the questions God is asking us.” 

Ann Voskamp

I stop reading and ask the Lord, “What questions are you asking me?”

“Why do you doubt me?” The question haunts.

“Why do you doubt this holy calling?” 

I linger in a state of suspended grace, grace that waits for my full participation to move forward.

Grace that promises inspiration

encouragement

hope. 

I must choose to embrace the reality that being a writer doesn’t promise being well known.

To be a writer only promises to be known by the most important Writer who crafted the creation with the Word:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:1-3

So, today I renew my promise to pen words onto journal pages. Words, perhaps, only my Creator will care to read. 

I watch the dancing candles on the coffee table in front of where I write and feel peace fill my soul. 

“Today, I am a writer,” The declaration calms my questions, doubts, deliberations.

Today, I purpose to craft encouragement that will, one day, find its way onto soft pages others can caress.  

Pages writers will draw strength from as they pursue this holy calling.

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