“I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.” Luke 5:24-25 KJV
It has long been known that writers, whatever the type of pieces they create, suffer from writer’s block from time to time. Writer’s block binds the writer so tightly that he cannot get a single word down on paper–much like stage fright does to the public speaker. Many theories regarding its origin exists–some more plausible than others. And even more advice on removing the blockage abounds. But, it all boils down to the writer putting pen to paper and writing about having the bane or whatever else the writer sees or experiences.
The same is true for the paralytic to whom Jesus said, “Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” (v. 24) The only way the man could be cured of his malady was by doing the very thing he was unable to do. But, he did the impossible. At the command of Jesus he took up his bed and walked. He could have wavered and hesitated, but he did not. He chose to do that which his heart desired and which God desired him to do.
And God expects the same from us. He expects us to do what must be done without wavering. He expects us to use the talents, gifts and entrusted truths and privileges He gave us to bring Him glory and fulfill our purpose. But, sometimes we suffer from writer’s block, like Moses (Exodus 3), and we waver. And just as Moses and the paralytic, and writers throughout the ages did, to overcome the wavering we have to get on and do it. For it is as we do the little we can do that Christ enables us to do the things we ought to do as children of the living God.
Gracious Father in heaven,
to Thee be all glory given,
for Thou hast bid us do Thy will
but we don’t think we fit the bill;
indeed the bill we don’t fit
but strength Thou promis’d
in Thy Holy Writ.
For strength and courage we pray,
in Jesus’ dear and holy name,