Trying to work out a problem?
It may be time for you to take Luke's advice
“I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus.”- Luke 1:3
Recently, I have been grappling with getting restarted on writing my book. I have attempted to capture my conversion story several times over the last couple of years but to no avail. Word count is not a problem, the number of pages is not a problem, and writer’s block is not even the problem. The problem is trying to tell a story that happened over a lifetime, and all at once.
I have never approached the bible by reading it from a writer’s perspective, but rather from a mystical one. I love looking at various translations of words, meanings behind meanings, and sitting silently so that the Holy Spirit can speak to me. Even in all of today’s readings, God is speaking to us about scripture, its importance, and how it moves people to tears. We learn that scripture has the power to change lives and hearts.
But funny enough, those were not the words that moved my heart today. What moved my heart were Luke’s words as a writer, why he wrote these things down, and how he decided to do it.
Could this be a blueprint for the rest of us on divine problem-solving?
I thought about my book, the overwhelming nature of it, and starting again, for the umpteenth time. Then I thought of Luke’s words, looking at things “anew” and “writing them down in an orderly sequence.” This gave me a great sense of peace, a pathway if you will to divine writing. I wondered, had this been there all along?
I am so quick to be able to counsel someone on their problems but so terrible in taking my own advice. How easy Luke makes it for us today to remember how to approach that thing in front of us that we just can’t seem to resolve.
Today, if you are struggling with a problem, follow Luke’s advice:
Investigate everything accurately anew and write it down in an orderly sequence
This will give you pause, perspective, and peace.