Sunday, February 18, 2018

Creativity for Well-Being 3 - Draw Closer To The Lord Through Creativity

Created in the image of The Creator, we are all creative, and indulging our creative passions increases our sense of well-being. Each Sunday this month, I’ll be sharing ideas and inspiration for using your creativity to draw closer to the Lord, to dive into the Word, and to live the abundant life. I’ll be using illustrated Bible journaling examples, but keep in mind that these principles apply to all forms of creativity. So, let’s get started! 

Do you really paint in your Bible? Isn’t it sacrilegious to write in the Bible? Why would anyone want to draw and color on the Word of God?

These questions are often posed when someone first sees an illustrated journaling Bible filled with colorful drawings, letter stickers, and painted backgrounds. However, when I begin to explain that this form of creative journaling is actually a way to dive into the Word and draw closer to the Lord, their initial confusion turns to interest. This hobby is really not about who can paint the best Lion of Judah or how many different products were used on a page; this hobby is about finding renewed excitement for reading and studying God’s Word and applying it to our everyday lives. It’s about using illustrations and words to help us understand and remember what the scriptures are saying to us individually.

Isaiah 30:21 says, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” It’s easy to skim over this verse buried in the middle of a chapter addressed to the “rebellious children” of Israel, however, as I took time to meditate on these words and apply them to my own life, I realized that my walk would be so much easier if I listened for the Lord’s voice directing me to the left hand or to the right. I illustrated this idea in my Bible by tracing around my hands, coloring them in, and adding a variety of stickers including arrows and letters that say “direct me Lord.”

Taking time to illustrate in the Bible helps us understand and internalize what the Word is saying to us. It allows us to spend time with the Lord as we meditate on the scriptures and add in prayers and journaling. We remember more of what we’ve learned and use our creative gifts to honor and worship the Lord. It doesn’t matter that my pages aren’t masterpieces; it matters that I spent time with the Savior and asked Him to direct me. 

Many creative endeavors lend themselves to this form of worship. Museums are filled with paintings depicting scenes from the Bible. Many songs have been written to honor and glorify the Lord, share stories of God’s faithfulness, and to send thanksgiving and praise to our heavenly Father. Books have been written, poems have been penned, photographs have been snapped, gardens have been planted, and plays have been performed as authors, poets, photographers, horticulturists, and actors strive to understand and interpret how to apply the Word to their everyday lives.

This week, ask yourself – How can you use your creativity to draw closer to the Lord?

[This is part 3 of a four-part series that I first shared in an Abundant Life/Well-Being Facebook group several months ago.]

1 comment:

Missus Wookie said...

I've still not managed to convince myself to draw in my bibles, underlining still feels bad enough. But I just bought myself a devotional colouring book where I can read the devotional, and then think about the verse as I colour.