When the Nib Gets Dry, the Ink Doesn’t Flow

January 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm 4 comments



I felt so tired I could feel my body hitting the floor, only it wasn’t.  Whew.  Getting used to heart meds again…may as well just have a bed on wheels attached to my body to drag it along with me so that I can rest at any opportunity. 

I got a good nap today…feel better for the moment.  Sometimes my heart meds don’t affect me, but mixed with a cold and meds…zonked.



Extraordinary today at church today.  Sound was perfect.  Things seems in sync.  So refreshing. 

Prayer time saw many ministered to. 

Healing was even testified toward at the end of the service.  Precious.

Daisy Dog:  barking non-stop.  The boys played with her some today and she is not ready to call it quits.

Currently:  four boys in my TV room playing Playstation together with a new “multitap” we got for Christmas.  The competitive game of football, with no one getting hurt!

In Sunday School today: I taught the kids about fountain pens.  Yup.  Work out of your passions, I say.  I taught them how the ink can get clogged in the nibs of the pen after months of not using them.  I showed them several pens and the different width of nibs — how it made the lettering change, then we got to the one that wouldn’t write.  I asked if they knew why and took my drinking water, dropped it in there.  Soon, ink began to flow, though watered down at first. 

We are like that dried-out pen sometimes.  Just with daily use, we can get so stopped up so that it seems nothing is coming out of us.  And the less we are used, the worse it gets.  We feel dry.  Funny thing is, we blame God, though he’s still there, full!  We saw it in the cartridge of this pen.  Brand new cartidge of ink, just sitting there.  But…no flow!  The problem was not with the ink, but with the ink dried inside the nib.  It was clogged up.  

pen-and-ink.jpgWe soaked the nib in my water cup for a while, and sure enough, it began to flow.  Diluted at first.  But soon, flowing black, shiney, and fast again.  Beautiful wet ink.

They all wanted their names written.  I wrote their names for them, AND their “one little word” to help guide them in some personal challenges for 2008. 

I love my class.  I love teaching it more every week.  I have such a receptive class this year.

Except for one boy.  He said, “Is that it?  That’s the cool thing?” Okay, so he’s honest.  “A hard sell!” the Hub said.  But, he wanted his name written on “a whole page to himself”!!!  He thought it was cool.  Maybe he’ll remember the lesson anyway someday!

You know, I can think of some places my nib “needs cleansing”.  I’m longing for a day with Christ alone very soon for that very purpose.  I love times like right after my Great Banquet experience where any “ick” was removed from days of deliberate soaking.  Things just flowed so easily.  I need that again, Lord.  Bring it on.  I’m ready.

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  • 1. Stacey  |  January 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Amen. I love those times, too. I wish I could go to the Great Banquet yearly. I am looking forward to the prospect of sponsoring someone this spring and I get so excited just thinking about it!

  • 2. bellissimanh  |  January 27, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    What age are the kids you teach? You are a master at creating analogies… wanna teach a course on that? I love the way you find spiritual principles in common things. Kinda like Jesus, huh? 🙂

    Love you… praying you feel all better soon.


    Maggie: Second grade. I want the opportunity to teach in classes where my kid’s friends are to get to know who they will be around in future years and begin praying for them. I’m holding my spot until I get to my youngest…next year. It will be my third year. I think in visual terms and feel it’s easier to teach out of what God is teaching me sometimes than to pour over Sunday School literature trying to gather materials that haven’t been in my flow of thought all week. Thanks for being so kind.

  • 3. Merrie  |  January 27, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I love the nibs analogy! I used to play around with different pens and calligraphy – so I can relate to what you said.
    I’m praying for your total healing. I know God can! You encourage me to soak more.

  • 4. Kim V  |  January 28, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Conversation after SS…
    G: “Mom, Mom, Mom…look what I have!!!”
    Me: “Oh G…that is beautiful…I love it!!” (I knew where it came from and who was responsible for it)
    G: “Mrs. Maggie made it for me and it is going on the fridge whether you like it or not.”

    Absolutely precious!!! Thank you.

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