Writer's Block

I'm sure you've all experienced it. It's the worst enemy of a college student at midnight the night before a ten-page paper is due. It's the monster hiding under the bed of a successful business person who has to explain to their board the reasoning behind their next big idea. It's the un-talked about villain for anyone who has to produce content on a regular basis - or even those who don't. You may have guessed it: I'm talking about writer's block. A couple of colleagues and I recently began a blog specifically for Seventh-day Adventist young adults and we were just discussing the other day how sometimes we just sit down at the computer and look at the blinking curser with nothing to say. As a pastor, I have my share of writer's block. My job entails a lot of content: preparing blog posts, radio programs, sermons, worships, prayer meetings, the list goes on. In fact, there are times I stand up to preach feeling like my sermon may easily be over in ten minutes and the congregation won't get anything out of the message I've prepared. But those are the sermons that God seems to use the most to reach people. In my insufficiency He speaks the words that need to be spoken.

The apostle Paul had a problem. No one knows exactly what it was, but scholars tend to think that he may have struggled with his eyesight after being struck blind on the Damascus Road. Whatever his ailment, he begged God to take it away. Three times he bargained and pleaded, asking for this thorn in his flesh to be removed. Finally God answered his prayer in a way he didn't expect. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul then exclaims, "Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). We don't always have the words to say. We don't always know exactly what we are supposed to do. And sometimes, that's alright. Because it is when we are at our weakest that God is at His strongest. Next time you don't feel up to the task He has given you, turn it over to Him. Boast in your infirmities! Let the power of Christ rest upon you. He's the one who gives you the task and He's the one who ultimately accomplishes it through His power.