This is one of the phrases that resonated through me at the Word Writers Fair in Brisbane. It was a simple statement but one that has been glued to my memory since.
I struggled with this phrase because I wondered 'Why then do we write? Why then do we continue to craft stories, prose and instruction in an effort to entertain and inspire others?' Often when you submit a manuscript to a publisher they require that you research into other books that may be similar to your on the market. The publisher wants to know how yours is different. What does your work have to offer that this other work does not? Why would someone want to read your work? There is after all nothing new under the sun, is there?
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes that he has discovered there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9). And he is right, to a point. You see when Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, Jesus had not yet come. Jesus was the first fruits of an entirely new race, the children of the living God. Solomon could not possibly have imagined the inheritance that God has so mercifully bestowed upon us. He could not have known that our relationship with Jesus would open up whole new worlds of understanding and experience. When we become a new creation in Christ, the veil is torn and the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us, giving us new and exciting revelation among a myriad of other things.
And so although there may not be anything new under the sun, I can guarantee you that there is plenty that is new under the Son.
With God there is always something new. There is always something to keep us wanting more, something to keep us seeking his mystery and holiness. How privileged we are that he would reveal the secrets of the kingdom of God to us to glorify Him in this age of grace. I count it as an honour to be ranked amoung those who would give voice to his name upon the earth in this time. I count it as joy that we struggle and toil in a world that is blinded by darkness. And so we will continue to weave our manuscripts and herald them to the ends of the earth. And so we will continue to intrigue others with stories that speak life, when the world offers darkness. May God be glorified by every word we breathe, published or not. For we may still toil under the sun, but we live and breathe and write for the Son.
Nicole Watson is a non fiction writer, speaker and author of Sam's Heart. Nicole blogs regulalry here. And you can meet up with her on Facebook here and here. It is her passion that all people would know the reality of God's love and precence in their life.
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