Write It Down

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Write it down.

Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)
Picture it. Sophomore English, 1980-something. I walked into the class and met Ms. Holloway. On the walls hung a Magnum P.I. poster and a framed Simon & Garfunkel album cover, and I knew we’d be fast friends.
I’m sure we read great literature and dealt with dangling participles, but what I really learned that year was about journaling. Every student had to dedicate a notebook to write thoughts and such and turn in weekly. Here’s the kicker, she would respond if you wanted some feedback. This was the year of my parents’ divorce, so she and I went through many notebooks. It was a season that was super confusing, but I learned to let my feelings out on paper, and it was amazing.
Today’s verse talks about writing things down. There is power in writing down your thoughts, goals, vision, and prayers. By putting pen to paper, you are putting action behind your thoughts. You aren’t just thinking about things, but putting feet to those thoughts and moving forward. 
And this wasn’t the first or only time God reminded us to write it down. 
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered…” (Exodus 17:14)
I wish I had those notebooks now. Sometimes I could use a dose of Ms. Holloway’s response and encouragement. But the real lesson was about working through feelings, thoughts, and goals by writing them down. And 30 years later, it still sticks.
As we walk through the 2nd chapter of Habakkuk this week, grab a pen and paper. Let’s begin to write it down, to watch how God works through His word and our lives. 
Journal Prompt: “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)  What things are possible for you with God by your side?
 By Carrie Peterson
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  






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