This is for the creatives, artists and dreamers who find themselves coming alive with every new exposure to a new way of thinking, writing and creating.
As one such individual, I know the exhilaration I experience as I listen to a style of music I never knew I would love, read a book that gives me a whole new perspective on writing or watch a film with a script that satisfies the longing we have as creatives to be exposed to wit, genius and originality.
We are creatives. Creativity is what we live and breathe. It’s what our lives strive towards, finding that idea that makes us come alive as we invest our craft into forming it from just a simple idea into a real-life thing.
For me, it’s a feeling like no other to sit back and realise that I did it – I made something from scratch that I didn’t know if I had the skills, patience or creativity to see through to the finish line.
I also know, however, that that drive to find new avenues of creative expression can come at a price. With all the doing and the seeing and the reading and the writing we can tend to become entangled in a mess of words, sounds and images. A beautiful mess, but a mess nonetheless. Soon enough, the mess becomes enough to overwhelm us and we don’t know where to start untangling everything.
It was a few months ago that I came to that moment. I had been feeling so alive, I was in a time of experiencing and learning about all these creative avenues I had never known about before, meeting new people, making new friends, sharing with old ones the joys of my new adventures and overall just fully taking in every little bit of the beautiful noise that was surrounding my life.
However, it got to a point where I started to feel overwhelmed by it. I loved it, but at the same time longed for the quiet to gather my thoughts and fully take everything in. I didn’t want to lose the beauty of it all by over-exposing myself to it, but I didn’t know how to untangle myself from it all to be able to stand outside of it.
One night, midway through me having this train of thought, God showed me a picture. It was Him and me sitting together in a bubble. We were just talking and enjoying being together. Outside the bubble, there was this beautiful and swirling mess of colour and light. It looked exactly how my life felt at that moment, beautiful, but loud and messy as well.
God said to me, ‘go to your place with Me, the bubble that blocks out the beautiful noise so you can breathe in My beautiful quiet. You were made for both.’
Suddenly, things came into focus. God has made us as creatives and it delights His heart to see us fully alive and pursuing the gifts, talents and crafts that He has put in us. It delights Him to see us dreaming and creating and writing and doing. It’s part of what He’s made us for.
However, even more important to Him than us being good at what we do or original in what we create, is our hearts. If our hearts aren’t dealing with all the noise of our life well, then we aren’t going to able to be whole while we are creating.
We were made for both. The beautiful noise, and God’s beautiful quiet. The two need to be in balance, and the one we were made to sit ourselves in and do everything from is the beautiful quiet. It’s from that place that we can receive God’s love, peace and be given a sound mind.
From that place of peace, we will be able to create in a way that we never dreamed possible. It’s God’s peace, His beautiful quiet, that removes that risk of entanglement and allows us to fully enjoy the beautiful noise while not being consumed by it. We were made for both.
Caitlyn Furler is a lover of writing, music and people. She is a first-year university student, studying music and literature. She is a worship leader in her church and is enjoying doing braver and braver things.
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