December 24, 2017

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Excitement & Anticipation

The birth of new ideas & artistic direction yields amazing excitement & anticipation.  Often the artist will have a mental image of what the work will look like in its final state & the space it will be placed even before a pencil is picked up or a paint brush is lifted.  This anticipation brings an excitement/energy to the creative process.  He/She may try to share their concept/ideas/direction with others, but are often met with looks of confusion or raised eye brows. There are some that "get it", and encourage the artist to pursue the vision they have.   There is something about "the new" that refuels the fires of an artist's soul.  A new beginning that is guided by the past, but unbound by what has been.  Blank pages of a sketch book begin to fill with abstract concepts.  Ideas become reality, and move beyond the sketchbook.  The artist can barely contain their excitement for their creation.  They want to share this excitement, but must continue on in their creating.  If they can finish their their work or series of works, then people might understand this "thing" the artist must share.  And if they don't, there is the satisfaction in knowing the vision birthed within has come to fruition.  

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb' and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?  For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord." 
Luke 1: 41-45

Do you have an excitement for your faith?  Is there anticipation for what God is going to do in &  through your life?  Sometimes we can miss the excitement that comes from a life lived by faith.  The Lord has given us gifts, talents, purpose, and passion.  He has placed us in areas where we have connection and influence. Sometimes we are excited about what God is doing, and want to share it with those around us.  We are at times met with  looks of confusion, raised eyebrows, patronizing smiles, and other forms of negativity.   Sometimes we need that person(s) to encourage us, be our cheerleader, and confirm those things that God has spoken to our heart.  Elizabeth was used by God as another layer of confirmation for Mary.  Even if she did not have doubt, Elizabeth's words encouraged Mary's heart to carry on in faith of what God had spoken to her. We may feel called to do something(s) that others might not understand/get.  However, we must push forward in those things knowing in the end others might finally understand the "WHY", but even if they do not we will know we fulfilled that which the Lord had called us. 

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