Doodle for a few minutes, and then go back to your Work in Progress and write for fifteen minutes. Did doodling help you unlock your scenes? Did you find a way for the cat to get out of the tree after you made spontaneous marks to help you think?
Share your doodles in the comments. And then write.
I have been wanting to write about this video for fourteen days.
S challenged me to write a blog post and I froze. Similarly, when J responded to my short story on TWP with some great questions, I got excited and then I froze. Have a look at my doodles:
It’s one thing to get excited and say you’re going to write. It’s a whole other thing to publish and have other people read and critique your work. Receiving my first comment filled me with joy and then dread. I quickly retreated back into offline obscurity! So… here it goes!
“But toni-iiight, you belo-oooong to me!”
Her pink little face tilts up as she warbles the last line. He positions his head behind hers so that she can enjoy the glory of the moment, her moment, before joining her in the jubilant final note.
The fireworks were over but the pajama-clad four year old can’t sleep, afraid the startling bangs will return. Her dad gets out his pink ukelele and the result is not only a heart-warming video of a dad-daughter duet but a comforting picture of how our heavenly Father gently leads us out of fear into His perfect love.
Three motifs I love:
- Dad’s attentiveness to his little girl.
He obediently cuts the music at her command and listens intently, assuring her that the fireworks are gone. He refuses to interrupt her. He stops to acknowledge her fear but he doesn’t allow her to wade around in it. He strums into the last line of the chorus and she happily sings along. You can see it again from 2:44-2:52 where she stops and redirects him.
1 Peter 3:12 tells us that “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer”. Just like Dad in this video, our Father is attentive to our prayers and redirects events in response to our requests.
2. Dad’s smile reveals how much he is enjoying this moment with his daughter.
Various points, but especially 1:14-1:21 and 3:04-3:11
As she unashamedly blasts out the song, Dad smiles to himself as he sings. Zephaniah 3:17 reveals that “[the Lord your God] will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” John Piper aptly notes that “what God delights in about us is that we delight in him.” Dad is enjoying Daughter as she enjoys singing with him. How would seeing those moments where God smiles at our antics change the way we live?
3. Their song scares away fear.
As Dad and Daughter sing, Daughter listens to fear less and less, and becomes bolder and more confident in her song. In Psalm 8:2 we see that God displays His strength through the songs of the young and the weak in ways that make the enemy shut up and run, “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
“Long before the enemy can steal your victory, he steals your song. Long before he can steal your joy, he steals your praise. Before you know it, you start becoming critical, pessimistic, moody, and oppressed. Don’t allow him to do that. Let praises be continually on your lips and always be conscious of the Lord’s presence, his favor, his goodness, and his blessings in your life.” -Joseph Prince
How has God led you out of fear recently? Was it a particular song, scripture verse, or kind words from a friend?