When All You Have Are Fragments


I wonder about it sometimes.

How a writer can still be a writer when she cannot write.

When words flit around the edges, just out of reach, and the story God's writing with a life is too big to find its way onto a page.

The silence, sometimes it really is deafening.

Oh, the writing's never been easy.  More like wrestling with a Great God and somehow, through all the striving and the yearning, giving birth to the story of a life word by word and line by line.

But for long weeks, months even, I have only felt barren.

And I am beginning to wonder if this is the end.  The end of being a writer.  The end of being who I thought I was.

But maybe that's just it.

Maybe the story God's writing with my life is redefining--refining--who I am.  And maybe who I am, maybe she is a writer, too.

Maybe she just needs time to find her voice.

I take courage from a woman who writes broken and unfinished, who tells her story in bits and pieces when she is able--if she is able.  Yes, I believe it deep, that some chapters of a life can only be told in fragments.  And when we aren't the real Author anyway, who are we to say that this is not good enough?

Who am I to say that this is not good enough?

I don't know what I will write in the weeks and months ahead--or how I will write it.  Maybe it will sound different than before, a little stilted and a little unfinished.  But I hope somehow you'll still hear God's heart beating strong for you, for all us.

Because this life?  It's all His story anyway.

And I can't shake the feeling that I am still a writer--that to be who He wants me to be means that I must write.  Even when the words are out of reach.

Thank you for Grace on this journey.  I am grateful to walk the road with you.


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  1. Courtney, I'm kicking myself that I missed this post now almost four weeks ago. You're hitting on some pretty big fears of mine as well. Your words always hit home and whether this is a season of lots of words or little words, you have a gift from God to write and He's used this gift to bless me. I get incredibly anxious when I'm not writing, as though a piece of me isn't there and isn't right with God. So I know this wrestling and wondering feeling. I hope that you feel held by Him no matter what.

  2. Thank you for encouraging words, Kim. It helps immensely to know that I am not alone in this struggle to write. And it lifts my heart to know that my meager offerings here have been a blessing to you in some way. Overcoming my fear of writing and finding a rhythm of writing in the midst of the everyday is something I am starting to work on, with those itty-bitty baby steps we've been talking about lately. You have challenged and encouraged me to make changes in my life and I am so thankful for your friendship. Can't wait to see what's in store for us both in this crazy story God's writing.


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