Monday, March 12

Each Blank Page

I recently entered a contest, for which I did not win, by the way, for limericks about writing. Here’s my entry...

There is an “albino monster”
That begs for attention and taunts her
It comes out day or night
Giving her such a fright
That now the “empty page” haunts her!

Oh, well! Only rarely does poetry strike my soul. However, this one is a little better...

Finger Painting

A blank canvas begs my attention,
A palette of white before my eyes,
Awaiting my fingers to begin.
What will be its completed surprise?

Painting images that dance in my head,
Drawing them in orderly fashion,
To give them substance and come alive,
That’s my desire, that’s my passion.

Coloring, shading, tinting here and there;
There must be a point at which to start,
To choose from the hues of my palette,
And blend them into a work of art.

Stirring scenes depicted by my touch,
To express the feelings of my heart,
Offered when troubles surround a soul,
For its comfort I long to impart.

Giving my fingers freedom to move,
Yet sketching with a divine restraint,
Guided by the Master Craftsman’s Hand,
I click on the keys and start to paint.

Obviously, it’s about writing also. But this post isn’t about writing. I used writing as an analogy. Just as any writer, artist, or composer uses a blank paper or canvas to display his or her work, so, too, do we.

This post is about the blank page God gives us of each day. It is to be filled for His glory with all that we say, do, and think. His plan and purpose will fill each 24 hours in the best way possible...if we follow them.

However, in all the daily hubbub of a busy schedule of running errands, working (and some working two jobs), appointments, emergencies, cleaning the house, or whatever, we get sidetracked and leave God out of our day.

Therefore, Paul exhorts us...

*“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col 3:17 NIV)
*“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Col. 3:23 NLT)

Each day’s activities will be gathered up and, on Judgment Day, they will show how well we filled each blank page of our lives. Paul said that each person’s work will be shown for what it is, because it will all be brought out into the light. “It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.” (1 Cor. 3:13b NIV)

What are you writing on today’s blank page? Does it glorify God? Is it fireproof?

“He will keep you strong to the end so that
you will be free from all blame on the day when
our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”
(1 Cor. 1:8 NLT)

7 Responses
  1. Bina Says:

    That is a beautiful illustration - and as one who just spent 3 days unable to write, I felt it deep within!!

    Hugs today,

  2. Beautiful, Lynn, as are your wordseach time I is your gracious heart. "Is it fireproof?" Love that question! Because only Love -- Who we live for, Who lives in us, Who we pour out onto the canvases of others' lives -- is fire, storm, war, weapon and illness proof! Blessings to you!

  3. Wonderful post, Lynn.

  4. That is a lovely poem in a wonderful post, Lynn! You do a great job of filling each blank page of your blog and your life. Thank you for the inspiration you always provide!

  5. Great poem Lynn, I love it and I have no clue why you didn't win a price :)

  6. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you all for commenting. I'm sorry I haven't responded sooner. I haven't been feeling well. Fibro has been acting up. I so appreciate your taking time to read and comment. Bless you!

  7. I love a blank page, a blank canvass, a new day, each waiting for the first stroke of pen, of brush, or thought. The possibilities seem endless. I wish I could continue the enthusiasm after I am half way through the prose, the art and the day. Our bodies weaken, we become discouraged. We do need to find a way to be more impregnable to disappointment and struggle. And yes, keeping our eyes on Him will give us the strength and inspiration we need. Another great post, Lynn.