Hearing well has never been my strong suit. Even when I was child, I often misunderstood things. For example, we’ll use the Lord’s Prayer.
One of my first memories of church is being in the small children’s Sunday school class. Our teacher was a dear lady named Agnes, who everybody loved. And she was a very talented singer. She taught us a few children’s hymns and we would all sing one every Sunday morning.
Since it was a small country church, everybody inside it heard us singing our praises. I dare say anybody walking by at that time heard us as well.
Another memory is of learning there was the Lord’s Prayer. We prayed it at the start of every Sunday school class. And each Sunday I was very confused. Remember me saying I misunderstood things?
Every time we prayed, “…lead us not into temptation,” I heard, “…lead us snot into temptation.” I am not making that up. I often wondered what snot had to do with temptation. Finally I asked my mother. She got a good laugh out of that one, but she did sit me straight.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
As Christian writers, we shouldn’t let misunderstandings lead us away from our path of writing for the Lord. We shouldn’t let the world’s distraction do it either. And if you’re like me, it seems as if you are faced with distractions and problems all the time.
Don’t try to handle everything or figure it out yourself. Hand it over to the Lord and He will keep your paths straight. And I don’t think it will include any mucous.