While working in my home office yesterday, I was distracted by my friend’s instagram… the one and only creative ninja, Jenny Randle was on live! I popped on to hear her say. “the pressure’s off” and I immediately hit the request to join live button.
Instantly regretting that choice, because I didn’t want to interrupt her, now there was no turning back. So we had a 1 minute convo before my daughter burst through the door with tears streaming down her face and I had to log off. I thought the new baby chickens had all died. But no, she had just pinched her finger and needed a Mama hug.
All that to say, I went back and rewatched what Jenny & I had briefly discussed and wanted to share my heart here in this space. The world is on lockdown and you are all confined to your homes, except for the essentials. Some of you may enjoy this “free time” and others of you may be losing your ever-loving mind. I can’t blame you. I have one homeschooled child, one public school child and one baby. So I was in all spectrums. I work from home, but my husband travels for a living. It has been an adjustment, and my only “free time” is at 11pm after all the things have been done.
I strongly feel this is a time for creatives to deep dive into their process and produce beauty. I know it is a reset from the hustle. Rest is essential to your productivity and now is the time to reevaluate what path you were on. For many there is a heaviness, but know that you have hope in Christ. For those that want to create, the world needs you. Carry on in your humor, your light, your divine purpose. Carry on in your love, your craft, your essence. Be you in the dark, be you in the gloom. Keep your eyes focused on God.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Allow God to restore your peace if you are feeling worry, anxiety or fear. At the beginning of the year I gave it a name. I do this every year, excluding 2019, because… well, I was just mad. Plain old mad and I didn’t want to do it. So when 2020 was rolling around, I settled on Shiloh. Shiloh in Hebrew means “His gift” and possibly “peace”. I named my year this, and so I settle into it- finding a place to reside in peace. This year is God’s gift to me and so I hold fast to my faith, my promise.
Today, take the time to rest and reset. Pressure is off. You don’t have to produce, but you can. There is a grace for your gift and God will meet you in the middle of the messiest moment in your life. He will pull you out and make you to shine.