Let Us Go Up Singing
by Eva Gibson, OCW Prayer Team
This week I’ve been reminded of Christian from Pilgrim’s Progress, a book I’ve never read from beginning to end but rather have absorbed scene by scene. Christian is at the foot of the hill called Difficulty. At the bottom is a spring of cool, fresh, pure water. Christian drinks deeply to refresh himself and then begins to climb the hill. And—he goes up singing.
Sometimes it seems like we as writers come to one of those hills almost daily. Some of the hills are small things that demand our attention—now. But there are other hills that loom bigger: an illness in the family or conflicts we can’t avoid. We scarcely have time to write, and deadlines loom near. Then another hill the size of a mountain: Someone we trust makes a decision that blows our writing dreams into tiny pieces. Some of those pieces hit us in the face.
But we can stop and drink deeply from God’s cool, fresh water of the Word flowing in His spring, then take the next step upward with a song in our heart. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16 NIV 1984).
Going forth in obedience and holiness, singing as we go, gives us strength and power to climb the mountain. Therefore, let us go up singing.