I’ve been thinking on this, how they say to write what you know. But I’ve been feeling down and out for no particular reason. Writing “what I know” feels, well, as Toad said to Frog, “Blah.” *
I guess it’s because I feel like kids are always pressing on me with constant demands. Not because they’re a wild group of ungrateful rebels, but because they’re children having needs. As their mama, God’s gifted me to meet those needs, even to teach and guide them.
I know I can’t run myself on empty. I’ve got to refuel, especially when feeling down and out.
So as I scrubbed the crock-pot thinking about “what I know,” I looked up to read a little framed verse on my window sill, which says:
“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God,” Deuteronomy 7:9a.
And I made this connection: even as a writer should write what they know, so a Christian should recall what they know, especially when feeling empty, with nothing to give.
Know His Word by recalling every verse you can remember.
Know the times of His deliverance, recalling the moments He swooped in with His mercy and gave you victory over sin.
Know His glory, how He dwells in light and is light.
Remember how He dispels all darkness, and in the end there will be no need for lamp or sun, for He will give light.
Know His great works. He spoke the earth into existence. He scattered stars and set the moon.
Be in awe of Him and wonder, what is man that He is mind-full of you? He knows the number of hairs on your head. His thoughts toward you are more in number than the sand.
And as you recall, you’ll know by seeing, that the Lord Your God, He is faithful. He’ll get you through even this.
As an empty mama, you’ll feel refueled.
As a writer, your pen will drip with ink as you scrawl out even what you know—no longer “blah” like Toad, but fervent.
*(This is a reference to my daughter’s reader, Frog and Toad Are Friends. Frog knocks on Toad’s door saying, “Wake up. It is spring!” Toad says, “Blah.” Oh, how this makes me chuckle.)