Discouraged? Frustrated? Confused? You may need to hear this today:
We may be displeased with the ways God wants to reveal his glory through us because they don't look like the ways he reveals his glory through others. We're uncomfortable with the implications and become confused about our own desire.
We are colanders filled with glory-water. Our best efforts are spent trying to cover the seeping holes with not enough fingers. God's glory demands display. Yet sometimes when we get a glimpse of it, when we taste something we come alive doing, when we feel that sense of purpose wake up within us, we become terrified. And so instead, we spend our time looking for plastic bags to catch it before it pours out, wasted.
We want to be something more sensible, more practical. Something like a jar with a lid. No holes. No glory leaks.
Let's control it, contain it. Let's be reasonable.
In this action, we have forgotten who we are.
... Being his workmanship doesn't mean we are all poets. It means we are all poems, individual created works of a creative God. And this poetry comes out uniquely through us as we worship, think, love, pray, rest, work, and exist.
Jesus reminds us we are art and empowers us to make art.
This blog is part of a series called Sunday Still. You can read more about the heart behind these posts, here.
This week I'm giving away THREE copies of Emily Freeman's new book, A Million Little Ways. She writes for DaySpring (a division of Hallmark) and has traveled as a writer with Compassion International to raise awareness for the needs of children in poverty around the world. Emily lives with her husband, John, in North Carolina with their three children and their crazy dog, Finn. Emily extends a daily invitation on her blog for women to create space for their souls to breathe. Come join the community of grace dwellers at www.ChattingAtTheSky.com.
I asked Emily what she hopes will happen in the reader’s heart and mind after they finish with the book.
She said, "I hope, even though they may not be artists by profession, that they will see themselves as artists by God's design.
I hope the reader will believe that making art is more than just paint, but has something to do with being brave enough to move toward what makes us come alive.
I hope the reader will begin to live life like a lyric rather than a list, whatever that looks like for them."
I don't know about you, but that sounds like a book worth reading.
To win ONE of THREE copies of A Million Little Ways, leave a comment below at MargaretFeinberg.com. Winners will be selected and announced on Friday.
Congratulations to the Winners: Kele, Kristine, Mae
How have you seen yourself as art, knit together by the Creator of the Universe? How are you empowered to make art because of that truth?