Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
A few days ago I had my to-do list posted. I won’t tell how few of those things I have actually accomplished, but “get my office and my merchandise in order” is just about completed. What a mess! It has taken me several days, working at it a few hours at a time, to finally ‘tame the beast’. It feels so good to see things nicely displayed on my shelves and tucked into orderly boxes. I don’t know how long it will last but for now, it feels good.
While I was wading through all the ‘stuff’, I got my work desk cleared off and realized how much I miss creating. Now, this blog has definitely sparked the creative juices and I love hitting the “Publish Post” button every day, knowing that at least one thing is completed in my day. The creative outlet that I miss is making jewelry, transforming something out of bits of nothing and holding it in my hands. I wouldn’t call myself an artist, but it is my artistic expression. I have been so overwhelmed with life, my shop, writing and more life that I haven’t taken the time to be creative.
For years, I discounted the value of my artistic endeavors, thinking it was something to fit in after everything else was done. I undervalued it’s importance, placing more worth on checking items off my list. What I have discovered is, allowing time for the creative process is not only highly therapeutic, but allows me to connect with the ultimate artist, my Creator.
When I take the time to appreciate art, visit a gallery or work on my own creative outlets, I have to slow down and block out the noise of everyday life. When I enjoy a colorful sunset, a beautiful painting, uplifting music, or my own original expressions, I believe I tap into the very heartbeat of God.
God’s first acts recorded were those of creation. And what a creation – filled with color, humor and beauty!
God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.
For all of man’s exploring and discovering we have still barely scratched the surface of the incredible world in which we live. I need to connect with the creative heart of God. So tonight I’m going for a walk, communing with my Father and making something, just because…