Over the last fifteen years or so, the most dog-eared, marked-up, highlighted book in my library has been THROUGH THE WILDERNESS OF LONELINESS by Tim Hansel. What incredible insights for those of us who spend a seemingly inordinate amount of our lives on the backside of the desert.
Hansel, in his acknowledgments, relates why he writes. My heart resonated with his. He took the words and phrases straight from my soul. Hansel writes:
"One day when I was journaling in one of my notebooks, I asked myself, 'Why do I write?' Here were some of my responses: I write because I want to learn. And for me the best way to learn is to write about it. I write because I enjoy putting words torgether to make them sing. I like the magic that occurs when two unknown words meet and hug their way into a new meaning. I write because it makes me observe life more carefully - and live it more fully. It holds me accountable to the quality of my life. I write so that people will know that it's okay to hurt - and it's okay to dance...all in the same lifetime."
That, my friends, is why I scribble. That's why PILGRIM SCRIBBLINGS and MY BARNABAS BLOG have become such an important part of my life and ministry.
Hansel said it so well. I can hurt and dance at the same time. Well...to be honest...I can't dance, I don't know how and I don't really want to learn...but I can rejoice and shout and live life abundantly in spite of deep-seated hurts and pain.
Pilgrim Scribblings...one way that I can share my love for the King and encourage His subjects at the same time.
Be encouraged today!
THROUGH THE WILDERNESS OF LONELINESS by Tim Hansel, LIFE JOURNEY BOOKS, published by David C. Cook Publishing, copyright 1991.