"We are all just a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world." Mother Teresa
In my new novel, my main character, Ariel ends up at a mother's group where all the other moms are busy taking notes and she has nothing to take notes with. She feels like I do a lot-- like a ditz who can't get her act together. Someone hands her one of those tiny pew pencils to write with and she makes do with that.
Sometimes I feel like one of those tiny pencils. The kind that barely has a point. The kind that some kid has chewed on and left teeth marks in the wood. The kind that no one would choose to write with, except in a real pinch.
And yet, it does the job.
When I saw the quote from Mother Teresa, I had to smile. Yes, we might be little pencils, but you put that little pencil in the hand of an all mighty God and, well, amazing things happen. I am not the best writer out there. I don't have this profound gift that makes people linger over my prose. I am not great at metaphors or descriptive phrases. My stories are kind of basic.
And yet, I do the job. I write the words I am given, one after the other. And I pray for God's blessing on those words. Whether I am penning a novel or a devotion or a blog post. I am a little pencil. Not the best writing utensil ever created.
And yet God uses me-- me!-- to send His love to the world. Not because I am the best, but because I am willing, bite marks, stubby point and all.
Are you willing to be a little pencil in the hands of a writing God?