Writing through the Waters

I am the greatest of procrastinators. I delay, I find excuses, and I make justifications to wrestle with the pressing of God’s blessing on how he gifted me. I am a writer and I hate writing. I find it like homework. I find it unbearable how teachers (each teacher is different for those who are in the profession {in your defense 😀 }) subject you to tasks to meet some arbitrary word count, either regurgitating what you already read or to do further research on something you usually have a minuscule connection to. I could list countless examples, but I digress.

God is mystical in how he operates. He speaks through silence, guides the supposed happenstance, and reveals how weakness is total strength. He is the epitome of Grace that this world misplaced so long ago. God has worked in my life more and more this year, demonstrative of how He can lay foundations through us, such as Mexico Missions Trip 2019, and moved mountains like healing a friend who was getting worse without prayer and he connected me with a brother I have not seen in 2 years. God has opened the Sea of Reeds (Yam Suph in Hebrew) to grant me passage unto a Promised Land, but I am still in pursuit by Pharaoh, the prince of the world (John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.)

What I choose to focus on will determines how the course of my journey unfolds for 2020, just the same for you and others. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the head and heart are the mortar to the temple you build, whether purely sacred or wayward wreckage. Working alongside God has taught me the importance of having a clean vessel despite my refusal at times to clean up my act. Christ mentions this plainly in the bible about having a clean vessel and how it allows you to overcome. John 14:30 “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Christ could not be the personal savior of us if His vessel was not pure. Paul addresses this crucial component in several books such as Corinthians, Ephesians, and 2nd Timothy to name a few. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) 26 “Be angry, yet do not sin. Do not let the sun set upon your anger, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

2 Timothy 2:21 (ESV) “Therefore, if anyone cleanses her/himself from what is dishonorable, s/he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV) “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Just like in writing where you have to discern which words to use and how to format the sentence structure, you have to navigate life with spiritual discernment. You cannot easily spiritually discern life when you do not have a clear mind, a clean heart, a pure vessel. This is why we are asked to cut off something from our life, to make room for God’s presence in our lives (Matthew 18:8 NLV). We cannot hold onto both Hate and Love. We cannot hold onto both Truth and Lies. We cannot profess Christ’s glorious reign and be completely independent of His authority. I like to think that our spiritual Intercessor, the Holy Spirit, is like getting with the teacher of the class, not just the grade A student. He is an interpreter for you, speaking with you on how to comprehend the material in a more concise manner.

Working alongside God grants power unto your life. This is showcased in how the Elijah of the Old Testament called down Heavenly Fire, was escorted by God’s Angels avoiding death, and his apprentice, Elisha’s bones brought someone back to life! (2 Kings 1:10, 2:11, 13:21 respectively). While mainstream music lyrics are twisting ever deeper from the truth, with even the most innocuous songs actually being blasphemous. We have love songs claiming that romantic love contains the same power as God. Case in point, Thomas Gold’s song “Magic” featuring Jillian Edwards professes on the track, “You put the magic in my bones, You put the magic in my bones, (Bones, bones, bones…).” Sex, while great, was designed by God to be the bonding glue for a marriage, not the ability to bring a person back to life. While it is sad to say that so many are putting spiritual lies into their vessel, I believe God has the ultimate power to uproot and cultivate truth as proclaimed in His word.

God has granted me a deep sense of analysis and creativity to both pour over scripture, being able to make ties to the real world and the spiritual in how he speaks to me, and given me life events that have molded my path with Christ to have my cup overflow to give unto others. If you have not found this or are struggling to find it, I would highly encourage to read “The Dream-Centered Life: Discovering What Drives You” by Luke Barnett, Senior Pastor of Dream City Church. The book jumped off the shelf at me as I peered through the rack, hoping to catch a glimpse of the angel God sent on the other side. It’s definitely realigned my sense of how to communicate with God and why dreams are crucial to existence. It’s a book written for the dreamers and dreamless by a blossoming church God has His hand upon.

Alliteration, allegories, character development, emotional responses, motivation, red herrings, prose, and so much more are the tricks great writers employ to develop a story. God used my gift to help me write a song called Illuminate in which I praised God amidst many trials and sufferings, looking for a way out. God has called me to step into a writing role based on a desire I had long before I accepted Him as my savior (Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.) In one of the many songs I am writing, the chorus of the song (so far) is:

When I cannot Be Who you Need To,

When my Faith is See Through,

Help me to Believe You.

Let me see that Light, that Love,

That which My Eyes deprived of.

While there is much to develop out of that song, including the tie into the Good Word, I have faith that God will guide me out of the parted Sea of Reeds (and the nitty gritty details of writing!)

–  Cameron Duke

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