O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
~ Psalm 63: 1
Someone asked me recently if I ever experience "writers block?" In my case, since I tend to concentrate on my faith when I write, I guess the question should be, "Do you ever feel like my spirit is dry?"
I tried to come up with what that might mean. Humans are quite good at making even the "exciting" become mundane. Why do you think that programs we love, suddenly become last season's hit, replaced by another program months later?
We sometimes let things become "stale."
It just seems to happen. When it comes to God and our spiritual walk, just try to begin to realize just how each day God tries to get our attention. In the movie the "Color Purple," one of the characters remarks that it makes God mad when we walk by a field of purple and don't take notice of what God is doing.
Back to the question of writers block. Sometimes I do struggle. It's important for us to seek God out every day. God must just absolutely go crazy some times trying to get our attention. Sunrises, sunsets, miracles, tall clouds, amazing mountains, rolling waves, and on and on and on.
I try to avoid times of writer's block by reminding myself that the Spirit of God and God's presence lives beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is great grace to experience God's presence in our feelings and thought, but when we find it difficult because perhaps we are experiencing a sense of "writers block," or times of "spiritual dryness," it means that God is calling us to a greater relationship through faith. It is precisely in times like these that we seek better ways to be in relationship with God.
Our need for intimacy with God can grow, even when we are having difficulty. These moments remind us to be faithful.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, when I find that my relationship may feel as if it is becoming stale or dry, help me to find ways to be more faithful. Help me to remember that each day You seek ways to be in relationship with me. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.