I. The Seed of an Idea Develops Roots
First come the roots an then the shoots: The author plants his seed,
Germs of magnificent ideas longing to be freed.
They seem so witty and inspired, aglow with revelation!
And so he plants them in the soil without hesitation,
Assured they’ll have no trouble passing the “examination.”
The soil is the heart in which the faith-filled seed can grow,
But what’s inside the heart, and is it possible to know
The environment that surrounds the seed the writer seeks to sow?
Weeds of rash words come quickly, but editing great works is slow
As authors send out roots of truth that penetrate down low
With grace to push past bitter roots of unforgiving doubt
As well as stones of stubbornness that need to be plucked out.
We thought they could protect us but they led to writer’s block
Because we trusted them instead of leaning on the Rock,
But they could not protect us from the unexpected shock
II. The Seed Develops Shoots and a Plant is Born
That comes when we expose our sprouts unto the open air
Of feedback and don’t bury them beneath rags of despair
Or weeds of greed that seek our spiritual vision to impair
Because we’re frightened of the lion roaring in his lair.
It takes courage from above for writers to decide to share
The plots that mean so much to them, the characters they love.
But plants are born as shoots connect with wisdom from above.
The story’s taking shape now, in a gracious atmosphere
Where God’s Word reigns and to His throne the branches may draw near,
As they rely on those who help them overcome their fear.
“Blessed is the man (or writer) that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3
“Whosoever comes to me and hears my sayings and does them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock…” Luke 6:48