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Topic: Clarify (10/15/15)
TITLE: What on earth do you mean?
By Lisa Enqvist
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“I just want to tell what really happened at...”
I want to share my story with other people. Yet, being eager to speak or write, I only confuse them. Why can’t they understand me?
When our little girl came with us on furlough from Thailand, she was given an opportunity to be at a Day Care Center a few hours each day. We had adopted her just one year earlier, aged three. She had to learn ways to express herself in a new language. Each day when she came home she was excited. She wanted to share everything that had happened that day. Her words came out as a jumble of sounds. She did not have enough vocabulary to share her experiences. Only the first and last sentences gave us a clue.
I discussed the situation with her teacher. We were able to analyze her particular problems and clear up some misunderstanding. My discussions with her teacher definitely clarified our daughter’s slight handicap at that particular stage of her life. (When our daughter grew up, she became a teacher.)
I guess that situation could be compared with a first draft in writing. I have ideas – and often plenty of vocabulary, but the words won’t come out just the way I want them to. They are just a jumble of indefinite clues to what I mean to say. I sincerely want people to understand me.
Yet, I have a long way to go to find better ways to formulate my stories and clarify my meaning. I wish I could illustrate them with the correct words, making a clear path for my readers to walk on. I am thankful for the rich source of thoughts and inspiration I have in God’s Word. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
Revising and editing, editing and revising, over and over does help.
Remembering that “the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times” Psalm 12:6 helps me understand, that my stumbling attempts at writing, definitely need refining. My words will never be as pure as His, but He has called me to share the wonder of His faithfulness, and to clarify my words about Him so well that even a child can understand them.
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