Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Beauty from many perspectives: spirituality and art

Spirituality and Art:

Dale Chihuly is one of my favorite artists. This piece is located at the Seattle Center in Washington state and it has a twin piece in St. Petersburg, Florida. If there is a Chihuly sculpture somewhere, I'll go out of my way to see it. For me his use of color, depth, shapes, and light is stunning. Chihuly changed the way the world looked at glass blowing as it moved into the realm of large-scale sculptures.

But Chihuly's story is as fascinating as his art. People who are familiar with him know he wears an eye patch. He was in a head-on car accident in 1976 where he was propelled through the front windshield. His face was cut by the glass and he was blinded in his left eye. He recovered and returned to glass blowing but dislocated his shoulder in 1979 while body surfing. This ended his ability to blow glass but he still created art. He had others create the pieces with his vision. He says that moving into more of a director or choreographer role (vs actor or dancer) allowed him to see his art from new perspectives. It allowed him to step back and anticipate problems earlier.

What is your purpose?

Sometimes we create something beautiful that makes the world a better place. But sometimes God is calling us to do something similar on a larger scale and what it takes to get there is a different perspective.

I don't know if God is calling you to do something small or large but I do know that whatever it is you have everything you need around you to do it. You may need to rely on other people. In fact its highly likely. It may seem messy at first, but once all the pieces are put together, it will be quite beautiful.

Until Everyone Hears,

(To read more about the artistic and creative process in relation to God, see this post in RevGalBlogPals)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Beauty in the journey

Faith, prayer, spirituality, the journey

The Journey

I love going to the airport. Doesn't really matter which one, although some are better than others. The energy at the airport is fantastic. I'm not sure where you can get every emotion all at once. Some people are excited about vacation. Some are tired from traveling. Some are frustrated because of a change in plans. Some are sad to be saying goodbye. Some are ecstatic to be saying hello. And some are anxious at getting on a plane.

Its kind of beautiful in its own way. The Atlanta airport isn't known for its artwork or museum but it has some of the best visual displays in between concourses. The one pictured here is in between concourses A and B. I love this walkway. It transports me for just a second into a rain forest and then spits me out at the bottom of an escalator waiting to take me on my next journey.

We often say that the journey is just as important as the destination. And I agree. How we frame the steps of our lives in between the milestones is where God forms us into what He created us to be.

I have several trips scheduled this year. Its one of the reasons I'm so hopeful for what's happening in 2020. I'm going on multiple journeys. And I know that if I look around during those in between moments, I'll encounter God and see something beautiful.

May your day today be filled with beauty and transformation.

Until Everyone Hears,

Friday, January 3, 2020

But what if ....

Procrastinating on fulfilling your purpose:

What is my purpose

Yesterday I wrote about the call to write. Its now 2:22 in the afternoon and my time of "writing" started at 7:30 am. This is what's been going through my head. That. Entire. Time.

But what if....
  • I need a nap and am neglecting my sabbath?
  • My kid gets up and I need to take her somewhere?
  • I need to go to the store?
  • I need to spend more time on my sermon?
  • ........Bible study?
  • ........Workout?
  • ........social media following?
  • ........social media reading?
  • ........house cleaning?
  • ........relationships?
  • my dog needs a walk?
  • I need a walk?
  • my denomination implodes?
  • it doesn't?
  • something happens?
  • something doesn't happen?
  • rinse.
  • repeat.
We all have "but what ifs" in our life. But the biggest "what if" we face when trying to avoid something we know we're called to do is "what if I'm not faithful to what God has called me to do?"

I pray that your "what ifs" don't consume your thoughts. That you are able to sit down or stand up or march on to what God has called you to do. It takes courage. It takes bravado. And no one can do it but you.

Until Everyone Hears,

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Just Write

Having faith is one thing. Being faithful is another. You might say that you don't really "have" faith unless you can "be" faithful and you'd probably be right. I've had faith for a long time. Longer than I can really remember. My faith in God has certainly developed and changed over the years but its been there for quite some time. But have I been faithful? Have I actively done things so that someone can see my faith? Not always.

This summer I was at my friend's lake house. I've been to visit a few times and each time have heard from God clearly. This past time the message was "write." No more instruction than that. 

For the past several years I've had a guiding word for the year that keeps me focused. My past words have been "abundance, growth, presence, and travail." That last one was hard. My words had gone from passive to active with that one word. And travail wasn't an easy word to experience for a full year. But last year I travailed and was transformed by it.

At the end of 2019 I kept waiting on my word. I thought my word needed to be something spiritual sounding. If God had me travail last year, surely He wanted me to pray, meditate, worship etc this year. 

He kept re-enforcing...write. 

So I'm writing. And while I don't think that I always have something profound to say, God does. While I don't think that my experiences are always worth writing down, my experiences with God are. 

In 2020 I'm going to write. I'll write about being faithful. Some stories will be mine. Some will be the faithfulness of others. I know that God will be in many encounters of Holy Mischief this year and I feel called to catalog as many as possible. I don't know if my writing will change the world but I do know it will change me. If you're reading, I hope it will change you too.

Until Everyone Hears,

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