“Write what you know.”
Apparently that is a Mark Twain quote. I just learned that. So there you go. Anyway…
If you take a writing class you are likely to hear this admonition. I get it. If you want to write something useful that truly connects with your reader or adds to an academic conversation or to simply capture the beauty of a moment or an experience…you should write from something you know. As in, you either have a full understanding or an acquaintance with what you are writing about. Some writers may argue the point. Saying that you write in order that you might know…which leads me to my question:
What if you don’t know?
What if there are tons of question marks in your life? What if there have been question marks for years?
Today is my birthday. My kiddos have been so sweet to wish me happy birthday multiple times over the last few days. Their excitement for me is super sweet. One of them slipped into silly mode and began shouting “Happy New Year” instead. I smiled, because a birthday is a kind of new year.
I see it that way…a personal new year. It is a day to take stock and think about how I’ve grown older. Yes I’m noticing some smile wrinkles this year. Apparently collagen isn’t a renewable resource forever. I’m noticing some ways I’ve grown spiritually as well. And yet…I see so many places where I’m still immature. Places that still need to grow in grace, in trust, in faith, in perseverance, in character…
As I take stock, I’m also seeing a phase in my life that is closing.
Another is, Lord willing, beginning.
Another is still completely unknown.
Another is perhaps closed forever.
In all that, I long to write.
But how do I, in the face of so many questions?
I don’t really have any idea…hence the empty page and this neglected blog…I’ve been shrinking back because…well, I don’t know…
But today, Maybe I’m seeing a little ways ahead.
Today, there is a glimmer on the horizon…so…in faith, I will pick up the pen (or laptop as it were) and type a few ramblings.
Today, I’m writing down simply that I don’t know…but that is ok.
Maybe you have question marks too? Maybe your horizon has a glimmer. Maybe you are simply living today with grace. That is a worthy thing friend.
Today, I am thankful for an all-knowing God. In Him, there are no question marks. He is trustworthy, he is good. I can rest in that.
That I know.
Singing His Grace,