Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Workmanship, artistry, craft, handiwork, skill etc.
I love many things; I love Jesus, I love words, I have a fondness for fashion, I am addicted to/ in love with coffee, I have an appetite for literature, an obsession with music, I am delighted by caring relationships with my family and friends, AND I absolutely adore creativity of any sort. I find my self searching for this artistic inspiration constantly. I am on the internet way too much for my own good simply looking for artistic inspiration. I can lose myself on etsy, I can slip away into another world when listening to my favorite band-of-the-moment, and I will unambiguously goggle online shopping stores just to see the latest style of clothing. I love creativity. I have said that once I find my own place I want it to be in a place, a city, a haven of culture. A place where, when I am feeling completely devoid of any artistic inclination, I can easily walk about my city of choice and feel/see the art around me.
A couple of days ago I woke up feeling frustrated. I get this same feeling of frustration frequently. It’s this inkling that I’m not doing anything. I feel stuck, uncreative, and I have this urge, this stubborn need, to do more; travel more, experience life more, go out there and live, TO BE THE BEST THAT I CAN BE! Now let’s just calm down...
I am currently working part time and going to school part time which can be very mundane. Now don’t get me wrong I love my life lately, like a lot, but this sense of frustration has a way of creeping in on me. Every now and again and I have to tell myself, these are the days of small things, don’t despise them. SO as I feel these ugly little frustrations creeping in I say, Hold on here let me read some truth. I click on the devotion link, Day by Day Grace, in blueletterbible.org and I begin reading in Ephesians 2.
God is crazy, and by crazy I mean great! He knows me so well. He knows how I love many things, He knows where I am working, where I am going to school, my desires, my frustrations, my A.D.D. thoughts and spastic mannerisms. God knows me and He still loves me. As I am reading this chapter I begin to smile this funny grin and with every verse it gets bigger. I love how God looks at me, my head spinning and my eyes looking about frantically, and gently grabs my face. As He’s clasping my face He sweetly says, “Calm down, I know you and the peaceful thoughts I have for you. I want to give you a future and hope...”. Right, how easily I forget this. AND as I come upon verse 10 I literally laugh out loud. “For we are HIS workmanship...” God is the ultimate creator and we are His workmanship! I love creativity, so does God. I need life, God has given it to me. I love how God says to me, “Kathleen, you love art? So do I. Kathleen you love music? Me too! You love these things because I’ve made you.” God has made us unique individuals ready for good works, let us simply and intelligibly walk in his grace. Let us serve God by being the truest us, unique lovers of God, who aren’t being crammed into a mold but who are being set free by His love. Praise God for creativity!