What happens when a person wants to write, but nothing comes to mind? Shall I write of politics which appears to me to be equivalent to professional wrestling this round? A bunch of “good guys” in the ring with one wrestler taking the role of the “bad guy.” The bad guy is beating up on the good guys while the referee is distracted. I want to join the psalmist in crying “How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever?”
Do I write of the letter from a Texas company warning me that I better act soon to extend my warrantee coverage on our 2011 automobile? And in case I replaced said vehicle with a new one then I better act to get extended coverage on the new one. Well that makes me think of Ephesians 5:6, “Let no one deceive you with empty words…” The verse goes on to say, “For because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Perhaps I could join the psalmist (144:11) in praying “Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of those whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.” The letter is now in the recycling bin.
But God, our faithful God comes to the rescue. The Holy Spirit brings to mind the closing verses of Ephesians 5. Our response to the good news of Jesus is to maintain an attitude of thanksgiving, “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As I look outside I see that the abundance of rain this summer have left us with lush green all around. Bright sunshine is breaking through the trees which line the backyard. I am still alive in this world and will be able to take the dog for a walk as soon as I finish writing about when nothing comes to mind. Who knows what wonders I will see and hear, for as another psalmist writes, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)
Thank you Lord for bringing to my mind your things, when I have nothing worthwhile going on in mine.