Many artists are inspired by the things of "their" past or the things of "the" past. Events, both good and bad, can yield amazing inspiration. It can provide content and context for amazing artistic endeavors. There is a "comfort" and working from what has already taken place. Ideas, symbols, mood, individuals, circumstances, and even color can be already prescribed and easily adapted. Others artists live for invention and innovation. The new excites them, and they want little to do with things of old. It could be that that they don't want to be accused of doing what has already been done, they have a deep desire for what is to come, or that "their" past or "the" past is not something that they wish to explore or exploit through their work. Whatever the case might be, the challenge of creating something new is stepping into the unknown boldly.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Reflecting on the past can be both painful and empowering. Many have experienced traumatic events (even within the church) that changed the course of their lives. Though this is understandably painful, so many find strength and mission through the overcoming. God is able to redeem our struggles, and helps us to flourish despite our past pain. Some use these experiences to connect with others in similar situations, and help them to process through the past & find peace in the present. The past also allows us to see when God met us where we were. Seeing his faithfulness allows us to approach new situations knowing he is there.
As much as the past can guide us in our present and future....God often wants to do a "new thing" in our life. This too requires us to trust in him. We know that when he guides us in new circumstances that he will provide a way. When we find ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we find ourselves before our God in a new way. We can no longer rest on what we know. We must rest in the arms of our Lord.
In the old & the new....God is there.