Dear friend,

I am in a time of life that makes me uncertain about many things.

It’s a hazard of being a young adult. (Alli Prince has a great article on how to survive being a young adult.)

Heck, it’s a hazard of being human.

“Don’t know what I’m going to do after high school.”

“Don’t know what job I’ll get after college.”

“Don’t know where to settle down.”

Don’t know.

For me, it’s “don’t know if I’ll be creative enough.”

The book

I’ve been reading Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge for school and something he says in chapter four stood out to me.

“Some people put their best energies into creative thinking… Instead of focusing on being creative, focus on being obedient.” (p. 15)

Sorge goes on to say that it is more productive to sit and listen to what God has to say than try to come up with a solution or plan ourselves. I don’t know the future. A plan that I make today could become completely obsolete by tomorrow. Only God knows the future, so shouldn’t I leave the planning to him?

Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Photo by Rob

(In other words, some people trust in their own strength or success.)

“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)

The source

This also means I can trust God with my creativity.

God is infinitely creative. I mean, He created your brain. We still don’t know entirely just how brains work.

If He created my brain, God knows exactly what inspiration will help me when I’m working on a project. He knows what blog post I should write each week. God knows what picture I need to draw or paint. He knows what story I need to tell.

God knows.

So, I can trust Him to give me the perfect amount of creativity exactly when I need it.

That gives me so much relief. It takes the pressure off of me, and helps me relax knowing God has a plan and perfect timing.

What project do you need God’s inspiration for? Ask Him for creativity. He’s got it in spades and loves to give gifts abundantly (Jeremiah 29:11).

Sincerely,

R. J. Catlin