Writer’s Block

I sit down in the usual spot, with my usual yoga pants on, and my super comfy shirt ready to write my next blog post. The Bible verse is ready and the thoughts that I want to get out on the tip of my tongue. I put my hands on the keyboard and…

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing comes to mind as to what I should write about. Granted, throughout the week I’ve had the Lord show me many different things that will be wonderful for me to share my blog. But when push came to shove, and the time to write actually came, I had nothing to write. How could this be? How could I not have a single thought running through my mind that was worthy enough to put on to the screen? Did I run out of things to say? Was I done with my blog experience that I was so sure I was going to be doing for a long time? What is the meaning of this writer’s block?

Now, I know I’m not the first writer that ever endured this, and I know that I’m not the last. There will be times in life when I’m on able to get the words out. Most of the time this happens whenever I’m deep in an argument that I feel like I should be winning, but for some reason I’m unable to come up with the words. These arguments usually happen with my husband when I feel like he’s outsmarting me, which he does quite often, but I also know there’s times when I have good points but I can’t seem to find them.

Ever had one of those times when you think about the right words to say hours after the actual conversation? “Man, if I only would’ve said XYZ maybe I would have my point come across more clearly”… “ I wish I would’ve said something more debonair, or at least more flattering to myself in that moment.” I honestly think that people don’t pray out loud for these very reasons.

The fear of saying something stupid or not saying the right thing at the right time for the right reasons paralyze us to not say anything at all.

Whenever we have to do corporate prayer people say things like, “I don’t know what to say… I’m not that good at praying out loud… I’m not one of those professional prayers.” Now, I’ve never been a professional prayer, but I think that would be a really cool job get paid all day just talk to Jesus. Pretty solid gig if you ask me since there is always a need.  

Back to writers block. As you can tell I’ve kind of overcome my writer’s block, and I’m just sitting rambling on and on about how I don’t have writers block at the current moment. But there’s times when ever I really want to communicate something, but I just can’t seem to find the words. As I said before, I like to write and at times I don’t know the words. I don’t have the words in order to communicate the points that I want to get across. The same is true whenever we pray.

The Bible says that when we don’t know what to pray that the Holy Spirit will pray on our behalf (See Romans 8:26-27).  

When we have spiritual writers block, God himself will pray on our behalf and write our narrative of what our hearts really wants to say.  

On those days when you’re sad and you just don’t know why, just cry out to God because He’s going to pray on your behalf. In those moments when someone’s hurting, and you don’t know how to pray for them, ask the Holy Spirit to pray on your behalf. What better person to pray on your behalf than the One who knows everything about everything and everywhere. There’s no surprises to God. There’s nothing where He’s like, “oh, I didn’t see that one coming.” Nope.

There are times that I’m just in a funk. Not like a 70s funk where everything is groovy and disco balls are spinning around, but the type of funk where I’m not really happy I’m not really sad I just kind of just… am. In those moments, when I don’t know what to pray and I don’t know why am in a little melancholy state, I go to Jesus, and I say,  “You know more about me than I know about me. I need for You to do what you do best which is be God because I am not.”

When I don’t understand why things are happening the way they are, I pray for the Holy Spirit to pray on my behalf because I don’t know what’s going on. How much does God want to communicate with that first He teaches us how to pray and then even when that fails He prays for us?

There may be days when you have spiritual writer’s block; when you don’t know what to say to God; when you don’t know what to say to others; when you don’t know what to say to yourself. In those moments, when you’ll be content with just having on the right comfortable pants and the right loose shirt and hope that you’ll make it through. Pray to the God who knows all things about everything. He will speak, on your behalf, and intercede for you.  Why? So, you can grow your relationship with Him and He can do amazing things in you. Yoga pants and all.


Photo courtesy of Gregory Gill

 

 

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