“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13
Every spring Holland, Michigan has a tulip festival. Usually during that time the whole town is alive with the colors of tulips. The streets are lined with them. The tulip farm is ablaze with every color imaginable. In May, 2012 it was a different story. We had a very hot spring that year resulting in the tulips blooming too soon. By May, in time for the festival, the tulips were gone. all that was left were stems as shown in the picture. However, that didn’t stop the festival from taking place. The name of the festival just changed.T-shirts were printed with, “Welcome To Stem Fest”. The city of Holland worked with what they had in 2012 and it was still a great week.
The Apostle Paul did not have a perfect life. He was spreading God’s message but endured many hardships. Some days were great. Other days were horrible, but he continued the work he was given to do. He knew, no matter the situation God would help him do what he was supposed to do.
Writers, listen up! We need to also carry on with our work even tho’ at times we don’t feel equipped to do it. Sit down and write anyway. Let the words flow. Work with what you’ve got. In times when your head is full of ideas and in times with very few ideas floating around up there, remember that God is there to give you what you need. Write, even if initially it’s gibberish. God can help you develop that gibberish into something that makes sense.
The Tulip Festival wasn’t cancelled because there were no tulips. Paul didn’t quit when he was hungry, shipwrecked, or beaten. We can’t quit either.
Work with what you’ve got and let God do the rest. Who knows? Some of your best writing may show up on the page.