As I sit down to write this, I’m staring at a blank screen. A mild terror grips my heart when I realise that I have to type out some words, form them into a coherent structure, and worst of all, create a message that would make sense and proudly proclaim God’s glory.
Ah, writer’s block. We writers/bloggers/journalists are uncomfortably familiar with it. But wait – it’s not just content creators who have to slay this monster.
What about teachers? What about priests? What about that time when your community asked you to conduct a session, share a testimony, or pray over someone?
ALL of us face spiritual writer’s block at some point in our lives. The question is, how do we overcome it? Today’s Gospel reading (John 16:12-15) gives us a hint. Here’s an excerpt:
I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now.
However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come.
Okay, let’s break this down!
“Too Much For You To Bear Now”
First of all, let’s acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers. For example, today is Trinity Sunday. It’s all about the concept of 1 God = 3 entities, but is still one God. Whaaaatt..? To me, it’s kinda like:
Jesus knows that we don’t have all the answers. Heck, even the apostles – people who HAD DIRECT ACCESS TO JESUS FOR OVER 3 YEARS – didn’t know what was going on. Jesus knew that a lot of the mysteries are often “too much for (us) to bear now”, so let’s not worry about getting stuff “right” at this point.
But at the same time, that shouldn’t stop us from trying. Think about:
- Moses being called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt
- David being called to slay the mighty Goliath
- Paul being called to face persecution and death to spread the Good News
Jesus calls each and everyone of us to challenges that may seem “too much” for our human limitations to bear. We may be asked to do things that are uncomfortable, terrifying, maybe even life-threatening.
But He also gives us something SUPER AWESOME to help us face those challenges:
The Spirit of Truth
Ah – the Holy Spirit!
He tells us that the Spirit will “lead (us) to the complete truth”. Does that mean that if we pray hard enough, we’ll automatically wake up inspired and excited, with a deep profound understanding of the Sacred Mysteries?
Probably not. But that’s okay.
Let’s take me writing this blog, for example. Instead of worrying about saying the “right” things, let me realise that it’s never been about what I have to say, or how smart or silly I sound. (This is known as the “I,I,I” Syndrome”)
Instead, it’s about being humble enough to write what God wants me to write. I might not fully understand it, but I trust that God will use this piece of writing to touch someone’s life. And that’s good enough.
Everything comes from the Lord. I am nothing but a channel for His message.
The same applies to all of us when we’re called to step up to a challenge: whether it’s in leading a flock, conducting a session, serving in a Ministry, taking care of a family member, or going out to be a witness to Christ.
When we’re called to step out of our comfort zone, let’s not fear our respective spiritual “writer’s blocks”.
Instead, let us be open to the Spirit, surrender to it, and trust that God will do His wondrous works through us.