Playing the piano was NOT MY CALLING. Mom took me to lessons, made me practice, dressed me up for the yearly recitals- it just didn’t happen. What did happen was a compromise-ART LESSONS. My first art teacher encouraged me to listen to music as I painted, draw what I imagined as she told a story, or create what I saw in the world around me. She wanted me to see, hear, be inspired-then create. She was more concerned with the connection between what I was creating and what I was seeing/feeling than technique.
As time passed and my ability evolved, she constantly encouraged me to SEE. “Don’t draw what you think you see, draw what is really there. Look harder. Search out the lines, color shifts, shadows.” These words followed me for years. I had to train my eye and practice creating what I was truly seeing, not what I thought something looked like.
The correlation between my creative life and my spiritual life are constant. My soul is fed when I am creating, seeking. My spiritual life is fed when I am asking God to help me see. Many times I have to ask HIM to SHOW me what is really there, not what I think or perceive. I have to take a step back from how I FEEL and ask HIM to show me HIS TRUTH. The more I practice the art of trusting HIM instead of my feelings or desires, the more HE allows me to SEE.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Ephesians 1:17-21 NIV
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
James 1:5 NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil.”
Proverbs 3:5-7 NIV