The Rain Cloud

In the land of I-don’t-know-when-I-am-going-to-find-the-time-to-finish-writing-this-book-before-the-deadline, one does not need a rain cloud to come along and throw yet another diversion into the mix. I mean it.

Maybe this kind of thing happens to all writers – those circumstances that do everything in their power to keep you away from your keyboard or notebook or whatever it is you use. I’m not talking about the self-induced distractions. You can control those. I’m referring to the unexpected ones that come up out of nowhere and hover. For days or weeks. Months, even.

Honestly, I am taking very deep breaths and weighing the consequences of whether or not to allow a particularly stormy rain cloud to blow its way my life. I could put a stop to it right here and now. I could stand my ground and, sort of like Shammah in the Bible (a sermon my Dad used to preach based on 2 Samuel 23:11-12), refuse to let the cloud overtake me. I could do that. Yes, I could. The fallout, however, would be unpleasant. Very unpleasant. Possibly for years to come.

Then again, I could open my doors to the rain cloud – let it come in and blow its way through my life. I could pretend to enjoy the fact that the cloud would suck up nearly every ounce of my spare time. I could accept that the cloud would demand things of me, and of my family, that none of us are capable of, prepared for, or qualified to do.

It’s a no-win situation.

But sometimes you just have to say no.



Filed under Bible, Expectations, Writing

6 responses to “The Rain Cloud

  1. Wow! This must be BIG. Care to share anything more about it? I’m trying to guess, but I can’t. I have no idea. Hope it all works out well for you, Wendy.

  2. Love the analogies of nature and the photos of amorphous forms with great specific significance. Clouds, trees, water, fog, smoke, etc… luv em…

  3. Sometimes those storm clouds can bring you an unbelievable story. So many angles to consider……………

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