It may not be often – it may have only been once or twice in your entire career – but have you ever felt that, “Wow, that turned out really well,” feeling?
It’s happened maybe twice for me, at least in the field of writing, that is. I wasn’t born a writer. And I didn’t take courses in school for writing. My brain works creatively in the visual realm of life. Put a camera in my hands and it’s as if the world becomes a whole new landscape. I relate to things just a little differently and I notice the things that I normally wouldn’t. Life looks more beautiful, and, at times, more harsh, but regardless of which side of the happy scale it falls on, life feels a bit more like life when I look through a lens and capture some of its glory.
But put a pen in my hand or a keyboard at my fingertips and things become a little hazier. Intimidating even.
Several months ago I faced a huge story assignment – it was timely, controversial, political and even dealt with theology and morality a bit. I was scared. Scared that I’d write something horrifically incorrect or theologically twisted, or even one-sided. I had a tight deadline and several resources I needed to contact to make the story complete, including lawyers, social workers, probate judges and the like.
I had all my resources lined up, all my many tabs on Safari ready to go. It was already late at night, so I decided waiting on the morning with a fresh brain would be the best place to start.
The next morning I prayed simply, “Lord, let Your words shine through me in this. Give me the wisdom to write what needs to be written and the knowledge to make it coherent and reliable. I feel totally unprepared, but guide me, Lord. Amen.”
The finished product was one of those moments I mentioned above. “Wow, that turned out really well.”
It’s not a matter of pride. In fact, I cannot say I was or am proud of the article itself. I am, however, confident that God worked through these unworthy hands. I am proud of how my God worked in and continues to work in mysterious ways, in mysterious places. Even in writers or photographers, graphic designers or social media gurus.
The next time you sit down to write, or take a picture or do some other task that feels outside your sphere of comfy, take the time to pray for guidance, humility and wisdom. I plan to do the same. It won’t be a waste of our time.