THE QUIET TIMES OF A WRITER AND ARTIST

ImageGod has me in a quiet time. I love it. I love it for it’s frustration and for it’s discipline. You have frustration because you are under the power of the Holy Spirit, voluntarily, so you can’t just get up every day and do what you like. Now, this Spirit is telling me to be still. Very still.

I think a recent video blog I did said (http://youtu.be/PjtiI0XF_34), Be Still So the Lord Can heal You. Yep, There it is. maybe healing is going on. Whatever it is, I’m doing next to nothing. Of course when I look back at the day, I see I’ve accomplished some things, but effortlessly. Does anyone know what I mean? Is any other Jesus follower, experiencing this? I realize, reviewing that video blog that that was August 20th – a month ago! He’s had me on this path for awhile.

Talking to my friend Yvonne, I realize we’re being rested for something coming up. Some great work coming up. That some of us are more aware of the world around us and we are more in tuned to what the Lord might be saying. Interesting, it is mostly us who are not working in a regular 9-5 job right now, for whatever reason.

If God has you in this sit still stage; this be still path; this do nothing period – know that, as He told me the other day, “it might look like you’re doing nothing, but in your nothingness, I am doing something and using you”. As a Jesus follower, even in the most quiet moments, I’m communicating with the Father. It’s no great leap into the spirit realm. It’s right here. The way there is in quietness.

As a writer and artist it is a wonderful smooth spot to be in to be in quietness. For it is in quietness and trust (in God) that I find my strength. (Isaiah 30:15) Wow! So I need strength. Who doesn’t in the times we live in? This verse in the Bible is actually said during a time when Israel was refusing to rely on God alone for their strength. Instead they were going to other nations to help.

O.K.! So maybe that’s it! God is putting me through a training to rely on Him alone.

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Do it Again!

One thing God is telling us, His children to do, is to “do it again”. If we did things in the past and they didn’t work, or all our work has been stolen, lost or burnt, Jesus our Bridegroom says “do it again”. Have you ever lost an e-mail you were writing to someone and it was so good, so clear, with the right tone? Then it was gone. It hadn’t been sent, it wasn’t saved, you couldn’t find it and the technology department couldn’t find it either. So you realized you would have to do it again and when you did, you were convinced that this new e-mail was better, by far than the former. That you included things left out of the first, presented in a way not done before. The same with your life. We miss so much when we bemoan having to do something all over again. But everywhere on Earth today, God is saying “do it again!”

Some years ago, in 1988, a great writer, Rita Dove, lost a lot of her manuscripts in a fire, when her house was hit by lightning. It was devastating I’m sure. When this happened to her I’m sure she had to go on and decide to forget it or start writing again and even write the manuscripts again that she had been working on.

Trust the Lord. Now when you hear that and remember a past experience, you whine, “I did that before and it didn’t turn out well. I was evicted from my home.” Well, you will have to do it again. Now, that is really hard, but it must happen. You cannot go on in the Christian walk if you don’t do it again. Imagine if you refused to bless others and help them because the last time you did, it turned out badly. You could miss so much and so would these new people. Listen to God. Let Him tell you what to do. Trust Him and trust Him again.

Trust in the Lord, with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. Prov. 3:5

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