I prepared my “Writing Manifesto” this morning. Each day, I become more determined in my commitment to write and eventually publish what I have written. I based the Manifesto on the “Lord’s Prayer” and hung it in a lovely frame on the wall just above my computer. It looked really good! My determination could not have been stronger. I had specific goals for my writing work today. I even said a prayer asking God to help me stay focused and then WHAM!
My heart was already hurting for a friend with a leg injury. I was praying for him while preparing flowers for another family who just said good-bye to their beloved pet. My heart was heavy for their loss as I asked for God’s healing peace to wash over them.
I started my eighteen year old car when a noise and an odor began emitting from what is left of the engine. Oh my! I recalled the way my daughter “fixed” her bad tires when she was just out of college. “No problem Mom, if you don’t want to hear the noise, just turn up the radio!” Oops! Had I suddenly become my daughter? I said a prayer for my car as I hummed a little tune,“la, la, la, la…I can’t hear you!” By God’s grace alone, I managed to drop off the flowers and make it back home without smoke or flames pouring out of the hood of my car!
I arrive home and hear someone calling, “Hell-O?” Oh, it sounded so pitiful! Wait…that’s just the cat talking to me! He is a tiny bit spoiled by someone in this household (I’m not saying who!) and he wants my attention.
FOCUS! It is time to get back to my writing!
Suddenly, I remember another friend asked for my help with a reference letter. I promised I would write it today and mail it to her before the end of the week. Monday is Memorial Day, no mail delivery! I had better get going on that one!
A ding and a message on my phone from my friend in Oregon. Her best friend’s family member committed suicide on Sunday! This is the second suicide in that family in less than two years!
The most powerful, yet shortest verse in all of Scripture is found in John 11:35. “Jesus Wept.” I write a note in the sympathy card as I grieve and pray with Holy Spirit. By doing so, I am sending God’s comfort and love to her over the miles.
This morning, one of the members of our Christian Authors and Writers group shared a word of encouragement with us:
Whatever God has laid His hand upon you to do…
Do it with all your strength
Car noises, cat’s craving attention and framing Manifestos are distractions.
Praying, loving, helping and weeping as Jesus wept…is God laying His hand upon me with Holy Interruptions. And today…I’m doing it with all of my strength.