(In January 2013 I wrote a Facebook message to a dear friend to encourage her in her creative struggle. In March 2014 I stumbled back across it and felt as if my past self had written it for my future me. Very timey-whimey, Doctor Who-ish. Today I want to share it with you, fellow struggling creative, with the hopes it will encourage you, too.)
I read your Facebook post yesterday and I believe the very fact that you are facing resistance is an indication that you are indeed on the right track. Have you read The War of Art? If not, you TOTALLY should. It’s short essays on the struggle for the creation of art. In it Steven Pressfield talks a great deal about Resistance. Resistance is the name he gave to the force that doesn’t want good and beautiful to exist. Resistance is the force that stops us from creating.
In times of resistance and struggle I cry out for help from the Master Creator; the one who made every good and perfect thing. Admittedly it sometimes takes me awhile to do so. Sometimes, more often than not, I’m afraid. I flounder around in my own understanding and resource instead of depending on someone else; even when that someone is Creator and Controller of the WHOLE universe. I forget that the Lord is my portion and all I shall ever need. Eventually I remember and mumble, “Help me.” Sometimes I say it louder, sometimes I repeat it incessantly. Sometimes I spice it up with, “You are my portion.” But always I say it with earnest; truly believing that I need help and that my help is from the Lord.
From where you sit, you see a great deal of unknowns, of possibilities and paths. God sees all of it – ALL Time – beginning, middle and end. He knows all things. That’s why God works every detail of our lives lived in love for God for good. Every detail. God has made perfect you, my creative friend, who is being made holy. Every detail for good. God will and does work it out. So, you, my precious struggling creative, can be care-less because God is most certainly care-full. I love you dear friend. Be most assured that I, along with the great cloud of witness who have gone before, are cheering you on as you bring out the God-colors of the world through the art, beauty and creativity God has instilled in you. Love to you ALWAYS! Break a leg next month! ~Alyssa
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. ~ Romans 8:26-28 The Message
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. ~ Hebrews 10:14 NIV
So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7 The Message
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV