Monday, May 16, 2011

embrace the mess

creativity is not efficient; it frustrates the perfectionist.
but it shimmers and shines with the radiance of the intangible.
it beckons in aches and urges,
haunts in inspiration and compulsion
to make something

it awakens our senses to a world unseen
but more real than we can even understand, as we are, wrapped in flesh.
an ear pressed hard against it can make out the sound of eternity,
and a beating heart aligns, if only momentarily, to the cadence of the universe pulsing.
its value can't be measured in cents and minutes,
nor in messes made or moments lost.
there is more to the art, more to the artist,
than the canvas on which he creates.
his work emanates with the brilliance of a creator God
all wrapped in light and fire and unapproachable brilliance.

your art, simple and imperfect as it is,
joins all created world,
to display the glory of a God unimaginable.
we are his handiwork, and we are made in his own image.
created to relate, created to create.
so whatever it is you do
write, paint, bake, play, decorate, sing, sew, carve, imagine, sculpt, garden
embrace the interruption, the inefficiency of art
and tell His story.
its written in the stars and carved on your heart.
you are evidence
of the divine.
create on.



Megan Gilmore said...

This is beautiful. I love reading your blog from time to time. I feel that even though we don't know each other well, God works similar things in our hearts at similar times and it's lovely to hear.

Passionate Heart of Praise said...

This was EXACTLY what I needed to read. Thank you Erica. God used your words to touch my heart in the perfect way tonight...

mom kirk said...

yes,please be creative and write,we all love it and are blessed by your words when you do.

Woollard House said...

thank you thank you thank you beautiful creative one, for using words as your canvas, for touching my soul today. I love you sweet sister. looking forward to the end of June ;) aw

Heather said...

This made my day, and I feel like we share a lot of similar ideas concerning this. :) I go to Alyssa's church, and a good friend sent me the link to this. I am SO very glad they did.

I actually think that I am going to use this in part of my History of Art presentation on Wednesday, if you don't mind. I have been deeply inspired!

Aron and Erica said...

feel free to use this post however you wish! I am honored that God would use my simple words to speak His truth to you! create on, sweet sister!