When you notice that the Catch has been coming out late, or sometimes (as in last Monday) not at all, you can usually assume one thing: I’m going through the wringer. I’m trying to get at something that I’m not getting. I’m going through two, sometimes three versions of a Catch, and then at the end of the day I still have to conclude — nope; that’s not it. I’m fighting with God; I’m fighting with myself; and I’m fighting with Marti, who understands me so well, she knows when to blow the whistle on me. So that’s why this little paragraph is all you’re going to get from me today, but there is hope for tomorrow.
I once wrote a book, Making Real What I Already Believe. Well that’s what I think is happening here. I’m having to reinterpret something I thought I knew. This was supposed to be an easy week. I was going to teach a passage I have taught more than any other in the Bible. Who would have thought I would get stuck in 2 Corinthians 4, but here I am.
So hang in there with me. Tomorrow is looking better.
I am a bit of a writer myself. The closest I’ve come to being published is having Catch comments show up online. I write best when I allow myself to be vulnerable. What gets me stuck is the critic in my head that tells me not to say what I’m saying. What would people think.? What would people think of me ? I have been more stuck lately because of the pandemic isolation. I’ve been cut off from the well. Two things comfort me 1. this too shall pass and 2. God loves me as I am not as I should be. It helps to be as gracious to me as I am to others.
Well said Tom – I’ve come to believe that God cuts us more of a break than we allow ourselves. We forget the provision he has made in 1 John 1:9. He never faults us for being human.
To John…I find when I am ‘stuck’ it’s the time to stand still and look around – for there is always something for me to learn – and something for me to teach.
Thanks to both of you. For me, it’s a whole new way of looking at something that made what I had planned to send out not relevant to what God was teaching me currently.
I’ve learned that it’s not how many words but what they say that counts. Joyce Meyer really made me understand that in the devotional book she wrote called Power Thoughts that I’m doing this year. Each devotion is just one page and sometimes just a paragraph. But the words on that page and in that paragraph say so much!! Don’t discount what you’re doing, John because it all matters!!
Being stuck is human! I’ve been human too, err, I mean I’ve been stuck too. When that happens, it’s time to sit and watch the sunset OR taking a hot bath helps too.
Oh boy do I know what it feels like! No words of advice from this corner, just acknowledgement.
Thank you! It’s really all about taking the time to learn something new.