For the last two days, I have been frustrated. I have tried and tried without success to sell people on the idea of poetry therapy. However, I think that Christian women have been doing this ever since the first woman came into her own papyrus and quill. There was even (oh, the thrill of it) the rumor going around in the first century that Priscilla wrote The Letter to the Hebrews! Oh, my, that rumor was squelched quickly. But never mind, the women kept on writing. (You can do the history for yourself.)
As I walked out of divorce court in 1992 I had a stone in my heart. My son and I walked down the street together, saw a book store and ambled in. Down close to the floor a title stood out to me: May I Have This Dance? It was written by a nun, Joyce Rupp. She begins with a poem: “But just when the old heap of bones seems most dry and deserted, a strong Breath of Life stirs among my dead. Someone named God comes to my fragments and asks, with twinkling eye: ‘May I have this dance?’” I bought the book and wrote for the next decade all over the front page reminding God of His question.
I write two or three pages every morning as part of a dual commitment—to read the Psalms recommended in a Bible study I’ve joined and write my prayer, but also to write as part of an artist’s challenge. This morning I came to the journal with my frustration at the back of my mind and began to write. Then I looked at Psalm 5 and 6 and slowly began to realize that God has already heard my heart’s desire. For some time, I have longed to have a reunion with my best friend from childhood and my cousin who live in the same state. Just a few weeks ago, my sweet sister called to say she wanted to visit our cousin and after a few conversations, realized that she had enough airline travel to fly us both to see our friends. We’re going! This is a wonderful blessing. So the lesson for me is–let God be God. Trust God not only to open doors and close them, but do it with perfect timing. God is still inviting me to the dance. (And that is poetry therapy.)