We are always in the middle of something. Even this quote from Saul Bellow implies being in the middle of a good night’s sleep. Ever wake up with words in your head you must get on paper before they slip away? It’s a God thing, so don’t ignore it.
Admittedly, being inspired with writing ideas in the twilight hours doesn’t happen to me very often. Usually, it’s my sister waking me up in the middle of the night. She has Alzheimer’s, and sleep disturbances are normal for her, but they put bags under my eyes.
By now, I’ve gotten to the point where I can go right back to sleep after settling her down, which I struggled with when Michelle first came to live with us. But I still have trouble getting up for work the morning after being awakened in the middle of the night.
Maybe you can relate if you’re a parent of young ones or a family caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or any health issue.
Most of us are in the middle of something.
New parents are usually in the middle of settling into real life, careers and establishing households. They are only at the beginning of parenting with abundant energy and stamina, of which they won’t realize the true depth until years later.
On the other hand, family caregivers are usually in mid-life or even later when they take on this responsibility. They experience diminishing energy and must constantly work to maintain their health and that of their loved ones. It’s a lot like parenting, but you’re older.
Friend, either way, we are always in the middle of something. And it often requires us to put aside our desires, hopes, and dreams for the moment, maybe even a long moment. But why not find a way to hold on to them instead? I think this might be the better option.
The truth is, at some point in life, we will experience life challenges that require our full attention. As a result, it takes strength to put someone else’s needs ahead of your own, even when you love them. For parents, we see these challenges grow less and less, although it may not seem like it at the moment. With caregiving, the needs grow more and more.
In these middle verses of the Bible, we find a solution for all of us in the middle of something:
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits”
I don’t think it’s possible to be angry or sad while praising God. You can’t do both. Even in the hard places, we can praise God. In doing so, we are renewed (Psalm 28:7), we remember His protection (Psalm 5:11), and we gain confidence (Hebrews 4:16) for whatever life holds today.
That includes your writing.
Just because life throws you a curve doesn’t mean you stop writing. You might have to find other ways to write while you are in the middle. Having something for you is okay. In fact, giving yourself the reward of writing for a few minutes a day might help you balance other demands on your time. The extra effort will be worth it.
And don’t forget, there’s no editing required for the words God speaks to you in the middle of the night.
Thanks to https://www.gotquestions.org/ for identifying the middle verses for me.
I’m writing on Day 5 of the Hope*Writers (#hopewriterlife) Instagram Writing Challenge and the Five Minute Fridays linkup. The writing prompt today is MIDDLE. You can find me on Instagram @myconcretedove.