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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Below the Foam

As I sit here trying to figure out what to write, I think of the times I had no problem sitting down and writing on paper what was in my heart. When I was a young girl, the opening lines began with something like “Once upon a time…” As I jumped into my teen years, it switched to “He broke my heart…” Still, each story/poem always spilled from a place deep inside me like an overturned bottle of ink.

So why do I find it so hard to write like that, now that I’m “grown up?”

Whether it be story, poem, article, or blog, writing deep usually means dredging up emotions I’m not quite sure I’m ready to handle. So I swim on the surface.

Don’t get me wrong…there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, there are a lot of nice things to see when you’re swimming on the surface: the sky, the horizon, tropical islands—stuff like that. But when you dive deep, you experience beauty and wonder that is foreign to surface swimmers. There are colors and textures that God has hidden below the foam, held in check by the buoyancy that only diving deep can reveal.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to become the deep current—the spiritual thread—in our writing, we find ourselves face-to-face with wonders we never imagined. Sure, sometimes we might encounter a sea monster or two, but when that happens we can find peace in knowing He is right beside us, willing to be our champion. And it is there, within the profound aquamarine tranquility of His presence, that our true writing journey begins.

You wove through me a thread of gold
That touched my very soul
It bore the mark of majesty
And ancient days of ol'.
From hand to pen and back again
The depth Your heart did share
Dove deep into the waters
Revealing treasurers rare.
Awake my soul! so I may write
The words He has for me
This golden thread His Spirit weaves
Beneath the foam of sea.

("Below the Foam" by J. N. Hups)


Paula said...

Wow, Jill. This one is especially meaningful. And the poem really touched me today. I needed this.

tonya said...

Beautiful, beautiful, Jill. I loved the poem! As I read your post, I couldn't help but think of how you are a person who dwells in the deep. I think I read somewhere that there are layers of the ocean, and I bet your foam is really in the middle of the ocean. :)
Great post.

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