See the Glory: Faith For Creatives

Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” ~JOHN 11:40 CSB

Sometimes in life, many times in life, we find ourselves facing challenges and circumstances that cause us to grapple with our faith. Our confidence seems to wane and despite how many times we’ve heard the scripture say, ‘faint not,’ we find ourselves doing just that.

In John chapter 11, we find Jesus having a conversation with Martha, the sister of Lazarus. Lazarus has been dead for four days and even though Jesus had been informed of his sickness with the hopes that the Messiah would come and heal him, Jesus allowed His friend to die.

We do not have to guess how Mary and Martha felt about these events. They were distraught. They mourned. They were angry, and yet…they still had hope that the God of creation could do something.

You see, when they sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick, they had hope and faith that He would show up, and like He had done for others, heal their brother. But He didn’t. He chose to let His friend die, and his sisters to stand in what seemed to be crumbling faith, steps that had been taken to no avail.

Have you ever felt like you stood in Mary and Martha’s shoes? I know I have. But I have also stood on the other side of the tomb watching the glory of God unfold as what I thought was dead and down for the count, rises with greater glory than I could have ever imagined. That seeming weed was actually a seed for greater wonder!

Friends, our faith and faith steps requires not only a trust in our God but a trust in His love for us, a trust that no matter what things look like, if we have followed His lead and have belief in Him, He will not fail us nor forsake us.

I don’t know what you may be facing today, but I want to encourage you to continue to believe in His love for you, that as He does ‘new things’ in your life, He is cultivating new faith in you as well, and with that new faith comes new and greater glory.

So take a breath and breathe in His love for you. Walk by your faith and not your sight. Continue to believe despite the odds and know that you will see His glory.

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

 

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Stay out of the shadows: A Quote…Inspired by the Late Whitney Houston

“I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadow…because its much more fulfilling to be my original self AND I get far more vitamin D that way, which we all know is a good thing.”

13605212689fv2zWhitney Houston was on to something here besides going for the record gold when she sang the song, “The Greatest Love of All,” written by Linda Creed and Michael Masser.

Looking to our heroes and sheroes for inspiration is part of being human. Its what gives us the fuel to press towards a higher mark and prize, but hiding in the dark, cold, musty shadow of someone else, well…that’s just a waste.

Yes we are to learn from others, but to only achieve the same level of artistic greatness (or any kind of achievement) as the person before you is not to do the world a favor but it is to reinvent the wheel.

It’s just plain wrong.

To stay in the shadows is to get lost in the shuffle of mediocrity.

Originality is a precious gift from Yeshua/Jesus/God. Not a single snowflake that falls, and there are A LOT of them, are the same.

They each have their own glory and majesty. This truth holds true for us as well. God has given us our own voice, our own vision, our own something special, that brings its own light into the dark that is often the world we live in.

So yes, admire and glean from those who came before you. Pay attention to the steps they took to do what they have done, but NEVER, and I mean NEVER, lose yourself in the cold dead place that is their shadow.

Take your time, but when it is your turn, shine baby shine!

Be you. Be original, and dance on the wind of creative vision and bring this world something great!

Cheers!

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