Are you a creative person? I have some friends who are unbelievably creative, and they find such beautiful expressions for the deep heart that lies within them. I also have some friends who say that they don’t have a creative bone in them. But I don’t believe it.
I think that sometimes we look around and compare ourselves to the artistry that feels out of our grasp, and count our own thoughts as unworthy to be shared, less than what others could offer.
But the truth is that we are all created in God’s image, and He is the author of creativity! Each one of us has been given a heart that is meant to be opened up, through so many different forms of expression, in praise to our Father. Even when those expressions don’t look like those around us, even if those expressions don’t look like what we had hoped they might look like, there is still a beauty to be shared.
This past weekend, I once again joined in for a fun art collage type opportunity over on Instagram. The hosts there call it a “Gluebookparty,” and you can check out my Instagram feed for links to their pages and ideas. Several prompts are given, we gather our supplies: some kind of paper or journal, scissors, glue, and magazines or other paper art, and then we set to work creating fun pages that express the thoughts that lie in our heart. And while the prompts may seem simple, and my own artwork even simpler, God always speaks to me through the creative process.
The first prompt was “What color describes you now?” After I had made the art page, a simple Haiku fell into place that brought words to meet the cry in my heart:
Into the midst of weariness, and longings to see answers for so many different situations, God had shown me the true cry of my heart. Only His Living Water can bring me peace. He washes away the stress when I offer my heart to him.
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38 NIV
When the second prompt came for “texture,” I found a word to cut out before I found any pictures. And it seemed strange to me until another Haiku trickled around my thoughts later:
In the storms of this life, everything falls away except the basics. We are left without the trappings of excess, and in the process our true questions rise to the surface. It is there that Jesus meets us with the answers that only His life flowing through us can bring.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11 NIV
Are you facing storms of trial and weariness? Maybe you are walking through a scorching desert that has taken away every means of support. I invite you to let God bring up from the deep places in your own heart a drop of creativity. Simple or plain, complicated or intense, I am sure there are bits of expression that only you and Jesus can paint together.
Would you pray with me today?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You that You have created us in Your image with creativity flowing through our veins. Will You draw from the deep places in our hearts the true expressions that are waiting to be released? Would You help us to offer those drops back to You? We need You so much. Thank You that You have brought Your own Son, the true Living Water, to dwell within our own hearts, to meet every thirsting of our souls. Oh Lord of Life flow through us now.
In the name of Your son Jesus, we pray,
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