Due to an excessive amount of wisdom, inspiration and insight Madeleine L’Engle has shared with myself and the world, here’s a few quotes from her book, ‘Walking on Water’.
"Artists have always been drawn to the wild, wide elements they cannot control or understand-the sea, the mountains, fire. To be an artist means to approach the light, and that means to let go our control, to allow our whole selves to be placed with absolute faith in what which is greater than we are. The novel we sit down to write, and the one we end up writing may be very different, just as the Jesus we grasp and the Jesus who grasps us may also differ. "
"The moment of inspiration does not come to someone who lolls around expecting the gift to be free. It is no give-away. It is the pearl for which we have to pay a great price, the price of intense loneliness, the price of that vulnerability which often allows us to be hurt; the less readily understandable price of hurting those we love, even though in less radical ways that Gaugun’s."
"I was at the annual meeting of a state library association a few years later, when the children were in the process of leaving the nest, and one of the librarians asked me, ‘What do you think you and Hugh have done which was best for your children?’ I answered immediately and without thinking, ‘We love each other.’"
"And then there is time in which to be, simply to be, that time in which God quietly tells us who we are and who he wants us to be. It is then that God can take our emptiness and fill it up with what he wants, and drain away the business with which we inevitably get involved in the dailiness of human living."