Tuesday, January 26, 2010

30 Days of Touching

Day 19: Touching the Keys

I remember several years ago, when I first began to write that I would feel this excitement as I placed my hands lightly on the keys of my computer and began to type my thoughts. I felt the same thrill tonight.

I took one last look, said a prayer and hit “send,” launching into cyberspace a new book proposal and sample chapters for a book, The Art of Faith: Awakening Your Senses to the Wonder of God. (My friend, Brent Bill, and I are writing this book together. We also offer Art of Faith workshops and have been doing these 30-Day exercises on each of the senses related to this book idea.)

Even though I type on a keyboard all the time, the familiarity and habit feels comforting. I know what to do when my fingers light upon the keys. I know how to pause and think while I type. It’s my craft. I don’t think that I am a perfectionist about most things, but when I write, I'm pretty obsessed.

I think of that line from Chariots of Fire—you know the one—“God has made me fast and when I run I feel his pleasure.” (Eric Liddell) That’s the way I feel when I touch these keys. When I do, I feel God’s pleasure.

What do you touch that, when you touch it, you feel God’s pleasure?

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