*Revised from November 18, 2014
For many years now, I have been likening my creativity to that of motherhood. I often speak of my creations as my children, each with their own personality, some more giving than others, while some are just outright unruly.
Through the span of the years, my creativity has produced many fruits that I cannot help but be grateful for. My spirit, soul, and mind have truly been fed and exercised which is why I created this platform for in the first place.
But there have been seasons, and will likely be others that come, that as if everything is at a sudden standstill. These are seasons where you feel like you have nothing to say or give but at the same time, you recognize that you have so eggs in your creative basket.
I will admit that I have experienced this anxious feeling while sitting in my creative silence. What to do? What to do? What to do? If I could compare this feeling to anything, it would be the quiet before the storm, that eerie stillness that overtakes everything right before all chaos breaks loose.
I wonder if that is what it is like for a mother at the end of her pregnancy (see, here is that mother-creativity thing again.) Does she feel anxious while she is holding her fully grown child in her womb, waiting for the day they will come forth? Does she tip-toe throughout each day wondering if this day is the day?
You have a basket full of eggs (creative projects). They feel as if they are being extremely quiet, but you know and feel something moving. You just don’t know what it is. You can almost hear them whispering amongst themselves.
You feel like you know the direction to take with them, but part of you seems to be holding back for some reason. It’s like you standing outside of the double dutch ropes, waiting for the right rhythm to come along for you to jump right in. (I have never double dutched before mind you. But I am sure you get the point.)
Do you ever have this feeling with your projects? Do you ever feel like something is about to break forth, but you just don’t know when? If so, what do you do in the meantime?
Here is some encouragement.
- Keep being watchful until the moment you are waiting for comes. We are never told how long the Father waited for the Prodigal Son to return home. All we know is that daily he kept watching for him, likely because he felt on the inside his beloved child would come. Be liked the Father in this story, be watchful and expectant, and of course, be ready. (LUKE 15:11-32)
- Celebrate what you’ve already accomplished and use the downtime to relax and be reenergized. Even our Heavenly Father took breaks from His creating to celebrate what He’d accomplished at the end of each day of creation. But by relaxing in the downtime, you allow the quiet to be filled with new creative thought.
- Give God thanks. We often thank the Lord for what He has already done, but if we are indeed being expectant, let’s cultivate a culture of thanking Him for what we have asked Him to do. And if you’ve asked Him to guide you through this creative pause, thank Him for the pause as well as the coming season of new creation.
If you have some things that you do that you would like to add to this list, feel free to leave them in the comments section. I look forward to hearing from you.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!