April 27, 2015

What comes first…the seed or the dirt? by Melanie Fischer

Without the dirt there is no where to plant the seed. Without the seed there is no how to produce more seeds in order to plant.

Do we writers need inspiration in order to write, or do we need to write in order to become inspired?
In my experience, it is when those moments of complete un-inspiration are combined with the
discipline of showing up that the Lord has blessed my pen the most. In the times when I have threatened to quit, begged to stop, stomped my feet or stuck out my lip in a pout, but put my fingers to the keyboard anyway, that suddenly—lo and behold—something turned on.
The farmer toils in his field, then one day stands back to see what has come from his works. This is
what encourages him to plant again—but not until the work is done first. It is the physical act of sitting down and writing that gives us the opportunity to look back on what we actually wrote. This often becomes the fertilizer for the next piece.

There is a practical fear—what if the farmer plants the field then it is struck by a drought? What if the writer sits down at the computer and the mind is struck by a drought? All that hard work gone to waste. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7, 8. Stay in the word, live by faith, pray without ceasing—that is what allows our works to sprout, even when the land dries up.

To address the fear that our works will be unoriginal and will all look the same, consider a handful of wildflower seeds. They look similar—until you plant them. As they grow, they develop and become unique and individual. Once the writer starts writing, the story will develop. It isn’t until the seed is planted though that we see what it is destined to become.

So…how do I keep myself and my writing fresh as new articles are produced? I look back at the works which were created in those moments of un-inspiration; those moments that the Lord reigned upon my crops just because I showed up to plant them. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6.

Waiting for inspiration in order to write would be like a farmer refusing to turn on the sprinkler system until it rains. In order to write we must write. If this is what we genuinely feel called to do, let's make a plan of when to do it, show up, then do the work, even when we are not in the mood to do so. Plant the seeds and they will grow.

What is going to come first? The seed or the dirt?







Melanie Blogs about Purpose at: www.hungryforpurpose.com/blog

15 comments:

  1. 'the discipline of showing up' - yes! that's what it's all about!

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  2. Your writing is always so inspiring to me. Your words hit home too. My husband & I are farmers and.... yes, every spring we plant the seeds and watch them grow. There's never any doubt. We always plant. We always harvest. Now, if I heed your advice, I will write!

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  3. I love your apt application of Jeremiah 17:7-8. How suitable to look at this from the point of view of the farmer and the writer. Amen.

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  4. "...consider a handful of wildflower seeds." I remember a story about a group of writers who didn't want to share their plot lines with others because someone might steal the other's. They tried an experiment. A plot was set out and each was to write a 5 page story from that plot. Each story was so different they barely recognized they came from the same plot. Like your wildflower seeds, yes, the Lord uses each word we begin with to build upon. It's our job to put that first word down. Well taught, my friend!

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    1. That is a great story Bobbi, thank you so much for sharing that!

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  5. It is really about showing up, isn't it. Showing up and doing the work regardless of how we feel! Excellent post!

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  6. Yes...let us show up and do the work :) Thanks for your encouraging feedback everyone!

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  7. "Waiting for inspiration in order to write would be like a farmer refusing to turn on the sprinkler system until it rains. In order to write we must write." Those were the words I needed to hear today! Thanks!

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    1. "...words [you] needed to hear" And this is why we write :) Thank you for sharing that with me Jocelyn.

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  8. Have you ever noticed that the dirt in a pot "disappears" as the seed grows to a lush plant? The nutrients are in the dirt - as the blessings are in the writing. So let's "eat dirt" and get to work! Thanks for this reminder of the Hope that comes from the work!

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    1. HaHa "let's eat dirt". Ok, I am going to get a spoon right now!

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  9. A good reminder that I need to persevere and keep on writing. I am definitely a wildflower. :) Thanks for the encouragement Melanie

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    1. Wooops...I just posted a duplicate reply. Let's try that again!

      Glad this was a good reminder to persevere Connie, it was a good reminder for me too :) Thank you again everyone for your encouraging words.



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