Preparing a room: “Behold I stand at the door and knock!”

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” – Revelation 3:20

This morning’s post is low key and invitational (I guess this blog is always an invitation, into my thinking processes and my soul…). I thought I would introduce you all to the space where I do most of my writing. Or at least, now that my study has been partially rehabilitated, mess-wise.

By “mess” I mean the overload of paper and books and notes and bills and correspondence on top of my desk, the mountain of books and general note-taking debris plus some music all over the floor, bookshelves spilling over, closet not quite shutting, grandchild paraphernalia, and various hard-to-categorize disorganization pretty much everywhere.

I’m not sure how I managed to get into such a state but there I was, slowly losing touch with my study. How could I expect to make progress on some of my book-length projects if I couldn’t find the surface of my desk?

So it took doing my taxes (at the last-minute, of course) to get the piles started, and after that it was a matter of keeping the ball rolling. Next up will be literally hauling everything out and starting over from scratch with a design plan that helps me be more efficient. I promise to document that process when it happens.


What is my point? My point is that I am called to a writing ministry where prayer, meditation, and contemplation are a necessary part of the process. Otherwise I am simply tooting my own horn rather than sharing the good news of the Gospel of light and love.

A welcome space for God?

My inner being operates according to some of the same principles; when there is too much clutter, distraction, overt busyness, excessive messiness, or simply an overwhelm of triviality – it all contributes to an unfocused center and an environment ill suited to engage with Creator God.

author Derek Maul lives, writes, and worships in Wake Forest, NC

I’m not saying that my personal study space kept God at arm’s length, but I am saying that my my soul, my spiritual center, often looks a lot like my office, and that I find it helpful to imagine the environment I am inviting God into and to – thoughtfully – prepare a space where The Divine Presence does not feel like an afterthought.

“I’d have you hang out with me, and talk over coffee or a meal Lord,” I say, “but as you can see there’s really nowhere to sit down and visit.”

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” – Revelation 3:20

Peace y’all. I’ll “see” you in church. Rebekah is preaching on hope!

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