“When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God’s business.” – Flannery O’Connor
The Bible exhorts Christians to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). For me, prayer is an ongoing conversation with God.
Of course, the events of life sometimes interrupt this conversation, but eventually I find myself picking right back up where I left off. I suppose this conversation will continue until I take my last breath, will pause perhaps a second, and then will be picked up again in Glory.
Do I pray about my writing? Yes. I pray that God will provide me time to write, and that with the time, He will also provide me energy and inspiration. I pray that my words will give life and light to those who read them, and that I will communicate truth with clarity. I pray that God will give me just the right words to encourage just the right person at just the right time – and that He will deliver those words with His trademark precision. I pray that where my words present error or confusion, God will tuck them quietly and safely away in some dark hole to be lost and forgotten.
So, after all this prayer, when I hit “publish” on a blog post or I submit the final draft of an article or I let go of a manuscript and send it out into the big wide world, what then?
When a post or article or book leaves my hands, it is at this point that I must trust God to answer my prayers, must trust that He can and will accomplish his good purposes through my writing…or, if need be, in spite of my writing.
Writing is fun. Turning my writing loose into the world…that is scary business.
Words have so much power for good or for evil. I am so often ignorant of my own blindness, so prone to foolishness and to sin. What if I communicate darkness instead of light?! Despair instead of hope?! Death instead of life?!
Turning my writing loose into the world…that is scary business.
I pray. Continually.
And I write.
And I give my words to God, who, through Christ, sanctifies even the words of sinners such as I.