Bible Study Block

I think the hardest thing about writing is staring at the blank page. You know. Staring at the whiteness, hoping the thoughts in your head can transport themselves by magic to make intelligible words and thoughts on paper. Then you discover there are no thoughts in your head. Nothing. You don’t even have enough brain power to write a grocery list let alone a coherent sentence. You have writer’s block.

Did you ever have Bible Study Block? When you stare at the words in the Bible and know they were written in some foreign language you have never even heard of before? When your journal pages are blank? When you feel like you are staring into a dry well?

What do you do, then? How do you get over the dry spell? What is your next move—or rather your first move?

The first thing I do is pray. I ask God to give me the courage to start, to make the first step to understanding what He wants me to understand. I’m honest and tell Him I don’t want to be doing this right now, that I don’t feel I have the courage to learn something new about Him—or about me and how I respond to Him. I confess that I’d rather be doing anything—anything at all rather than sitting down and studying and listening and reflecting. I ask Him to take away my fears and doubts and the temptation to stop before I start. I pray this, knowing He will answer, if I just make the effort to hear what His answer is. I think that first prayer is my first step of courage.



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