Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Creative Spirit

Ideas have coalesced, percolated into my mind, perhaps down to my spirit, ideas I’m likely to forget and will have to be reminded of again and again, not by a clanging gong, I hope, but by a gentle whisper.

God is in the whispers.

Some fear the whispers.

Some have been taught the Holy Spirit, the mysterious force, unseen, is beyond our grasp. He is not. (1)

I open my arms and force myself to not tightly wrap them around me, in fear of feeling such power.

The burdens of life weigh us down in direct contradiction to Jesus’ words for his followers:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

When engulfed in the storms of life, we fret instead of rest, sink instead of rising. The "rest of Jesus " is within reach if we but grasp it.

And that’s an almost impossible task at times. When all we see is the scarlet fire of pain from a migraine... When our hearts beat out of rhythm and our blood pressure rises ... When we watch our mothers die ... When our children stray, in a hundred ways, drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, or something as simple as not adhering to our dreams for them, we despair. All we can feel are the traces, and we kick against the pricks. 

The pain seems too great to endure. We forget who we are. We forget why we are here. We forget who God is. We forget we have the promise of the Holy Spirit.

God created us in his image--the image we see from the very first chapter of the Bible—He is the Great Creator. He made us in that image, to create. The world destroys our faith in ourselves, in our God. Creativity manifests itself in a million different ways, but it is everyone’s destiny, whether followed or not.

We have free will and often make wrong choices. What do we replace our creative spirit with? Usually with rules and regulations. We tell ourselves that we must behave in the way the world tells us, or even, in the way the church tells us. 

Creation is destroyed in rule following. We fall in line, follow someone else’s creation, as distorted as their creation becomes, instead of listening to the whisper.

I read a story when I was a young child that has always remained with me. A teacher gave out modeling clay and told her class they would be sculpting cows from the clay. The teacher gave step-by-step instructions. One child did not completely obey, making his own tweaks along the way. At the end of class, twenty identical cows were made and one unique piece of art.

We get caught up in following the rules, in my case, writing books to please, that “fit” the genre. I have to remind myself I am made in God’s image.

And if I align myself with him, together, with the Holy Spirit, we will create what God wants us to create, not what the world expects. And if my writing is overlooked by the world, that should not concern me.

My job, as God’s creation, is to create with his help. It satisfies my soul, gives me great joy, and is where true happiness resides.

Book sales and great reviews, while balms to the ego, are not what bring peace, joy, and contentment. The world can never offer us that.

I have often misunderstood this verse:

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

The soul is worth more than the whole world. Our soul is more precious than the entire world! Think of that for a moment. 

And how do we lose our souls? By blindly following rules and regulations.

We are beyond the law, as Paul tells us. The law does not bind us. (Romans 7:6)

We are enough.

Big Daddy Weave

Seems like all I can see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me "Son,
Stop fighting a fight that's already been won"
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I'm redeemed.

As Christians, we are redeemed. We have no need to be anyone whom God did not create us to be. All we must do is seek, knock, and the door will be opened to us. We will receive greater joy than we can ever imagine.

To achieve this, all else must be forgotten as we press forward to the prize that lies ahead.

1. (Side note: The Spirit is feminine, as is wisdom, and often linked, perhaps are the same entity. See the entry of the Hebrew word on Biblehub.) 

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