Here’s a true story in the life of a blogger: Yesterday I could think of nothing to write.
I was still dragging from a long week of vacation followed by a busy weekend, and all day long I prayed my usual prayer, Lord, what would you have me write today?
By 10:00 at night I had nothing.
Finally, after listening to my breathing grow slower and deeper on the couch, as I was “trying to think of a blog post”, my husband gently touched my arm and said, Honey, go to bed.
Now it is 1:05 a.m., and after three hours of sleep I have awakened with an epiphany of what to tell you:
I have nothing.
Do you know last week I wrote my 400th blog post? That’s a lot of words. And the one thing I have learned, after hitting “publish” 400 times, is that every single word of value I have written has only come when God has gifted me with thoughts to put on the page.
I have nothing to offer except what I receive from the Lord.
As I stirred awake a few minutes ago, the Lord reminded me of the notecard I have pinned above my computer monitor. It has this verse written on it, with Paul’s second question underlined about 10 times:
“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV)
My word for you in the wee hours of the morning is that you don’t have anything to offer either, except what you receive from the Lord.
We live in complete dependence on the strength of Christ at work within us.
Or did you forget?
Were you trying to accomplish the important things of life by yourself? Did you think it was your own intelligence and your own effort and your own talent that were going to get you somewhere and make a difference in this world?
What do you have that you did not receive?
I am convinced that the sweetest words we groan to God in prayer are these: Lord, I got nothin’.
I think his reply to us is, Perfect. Stand back and let me in there.
With one voice, let us rejoice in our weakness today.
We are receivers.