In her book, Still Waiting: Hope For When God Doesn't Give You What You Want, Ann Swindell tells the biblical story of the woman healed by Jesus who had been bleeding for 12 years and makes comparisons with her own personal struggles coping with Trichotillomania, a hair pulling disorder. Swindell skillfully weaves the two narratives so that the reader has a chance to walk beside the characters in their pain and gain insights and understandings that only an intimate friend might learn.
Swindell writes with vulnerability, authenticity and faith of her helplessness to overcome her condition and of the loneliness, pain, frustration and shame she experienced. Those who have struggled with difficult situations will recognize some of the feelings she describes, even if the particulars of their sources of pain are different. At times, I wanted less repetition and fewer words, but the frequent meadows of beauty of Swindell's prose and the word pictures she created made spending time l…
In writing classes, we're taught to write lean, trim out the fat, cut all words that don't add power and punch. Less is more.
Recently, in Arizona, I trimmed back palm branches that leaned over our patio, thinking less is more. Now our patio looks bigger, and we no longer have to brush aside fronds to move about. Trimming improved the livability of our small patio. More importantly this season, serious buyers may linger longer and consider buying our patio home.
I've been living less is more for a season. We're moving to Vancouver. Right now more is in Arizona. Less is in Washington state.
At first it was fun. There is nothing like getting in touch with college days when money was tight, jeans were tighter, and skin clung tighter still, than camping out in an empty new home. Only a few material possessions sat here, hung there, or broke up empty spaces in empty rooms and on empty walls.
These are questions I have wrestled with for years, for myself and for others, who have had painful childhoods or have gone through difficult situations. I'm not content to accept clichés without understanding more. Perhaps you aren't also.
I also want to see good results come from difficult things I have gone through -- I want to see real blessings and not just hear about it being possible. And so I have been wading in God's blessings more. Maybe you're tired of words and want to hug God's blessings close to your hurting heart.