Writer’s Block


I’ve thought a lot lately about the fact that I have missed a few blog posts over the last few weeks. Truth is, I’ve come up dry. Some call it writer’s block. Whatever you call it doesn’t really matter. I have sat down multiple times to write and nothing materializes on the screen. The best way to describe it is, “I was dry.”

This reminded me of the many ways we can be dry. There is the writer’s block kind of dry. That frustrating and agonizing time when a writer just can’t put words together on the screen. For a writer the only thing worse than writer’s block is to launch your precious work into the wild world and to have people hate it. That’s much worse, but we will save that for another day.

Then there is the physical dryness. Those times when you are so thirsty that your mouth feels like chalk and the very act of swallowing is hindered by the fact that you have no saliva to swallow. I have lived in the desert from time to time and there is nothing quite like the heat of the day and a lack of liquid. It could drive a person to crazy depths just to quench the monster thirst. Crazy thing is that when you get past a certain point of dehydration you may not even realize it. They say that people often think they are hungry so they eat, but the truth is they are actually dehydrated.

What about spiritual dryness? That’s a sneaky one. It doesn’t always declare itself. It makes me think of the story of the frog that took a bath in the pot of lukewarm water. As the water got warmer, the frog stayed until he was cooked. Spiritual dryness can be like that. It can sneak up on us.

If you have found yourself to be dry spiritually, you may be like the frog in the pot. Just as it’s important to drink enough so we don’t get dehydrated, it’s important to recognize when we need a spiritual drink.

There is only one place to get living water that soothes the spirit. That’s at the feet of Jesus. I want to encourage you to take a moment and drink some cool, clear water for your body, as well as spending time with Jesus, drinking spiritual water that will never run dry.

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