Getting Unclogged

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   May 29, 2014

I shook it. I knocked it gently, sideways on the top of the desk. I licked a piece of paper and wrote carefully in the moisture. (I can’t tell you why this works, but it usually does.) I repeated each procedure without results. Then I carried the pen to the sink, took it apart and carefully flushed out the point. Refilling it, I sat down to write.

How like me, I thought with exasperation.

I have mugs full of pens on my desk: ballpoints, felt tips, ink pens—even pencils. But for very fine writing, such as notes in the margin of my Bible, I need a Rapidograph pen.

This pen has a needle-fine point and uses India ink, which will not seep through or smear on the thin India paper.

How often when God has needed me I have been clogged up (too busy or inundated with things—the necessary giving way to the unnecessary). Or I’ve gone dry.

When that happens, I need a “shaking up,” or I need special cleansing. And I need to be filled and refilled and filled again.

There have been times when God has patiently and carefully done just that. There have been other times when He has had to pass me over and pick up a pen that was usable.

But unlike a pen, I do have a choice. I can decide whether or not I remain usable.

Taken by permission and adapted from “Legacy of a Pack Rat,” By Ruth Bell Graham. ©1989, The Ruth Bell Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. Patricia Dowdy says:

    God makes clear his bid to us, always. Who can say no to such a privilege? Hearing as well, and bent on stopping our service,. is His enemy. That is why each morning Moses prayed, “Rise up o Lord, scatter your enemies and make them flee from your face in fear.”

    The hymn writer said, ‘I shall not be moved’–from His call. Pray that His hedge is forever around all of God’s Children of The Light.

  2. Angela Farthing says:

    I appreciate and enjoy readings of Ruth Graham. I learn from the wisdom God had given her.
    Thank you so much for sharing these.

  3. Boitumelo says:

    You are a blessing to me you inspire me always. God bless you more to bless us ever more and further. Thank you Lord for the strength and all the wisdom .

  4. Patrick says:

    Dear Reverend Billy Graham, thank you for sharing your wife’s precious thoughts. She has always had the gift to connect the Holy Spirit to what’s best for our welfare.

  5. KEN KORGES says:

    anything from Billy Graham is and always will be a Blessing to me. I hope and pray that Mr. Graham is doing fine. I watch his shows reprocast on TV here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And years ago, I saw him in person in San Antonio, Texas in Alamo Stadium. I will never forget him. God, bless him always.

  6. Daisy Sam Paul says:

    What a great comparison and theme! I was moved while I read it. Praise the Lord.
    Thank you for the wonderful article.

  7. Colleen Meredith says:

    I long to see you in heaven Ruth!

  8. Sharonjoy Glass says:

    Thank you for continuing to share the writings of Ruth Graham Bell. It always feel like I am just sitting down at her kitchen table, and she is chatting her ever so valuable wisdom to me in such a winsome way, that I can hardly wait to put it into practice! “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see”……and Ruth Graham Bell!!! Sharonjoy Glass