As a creative person, I know what it is like to live in a moment of brilliant inspiration. When, in a flash of genius a fantastic idea pops into your head and you wonder where the heck it came from, but you are just too glad it arrived to question too much. You take that idea, shape it, guide it and, when it is fully formed, it is a wonder to behold.
I also know what it is like to live in the doldrums of creative block. There is nothing creative about you. Even breathing is boring. You turn to hanging upside down over your chair just to get a different perspective on your boring surroundings.
But what sparks creativity? How do you get that moment of brilliance in the midst of your complete and utter boredom?
I am an expert at procrastination. I am so good at it, I wish I could make a career of it. But the problem with procrastination is, though I’m very good at it, there is nothing satisfying or fulfilling about it. You can avoid the blank page as much as you want, but it will always remain blank.
In order to overcome creative block, sometimes all you need is to show up. Try something. Draw something. Bang your head against a table. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
I think the church is often guilty of this same procrastination. We go to church. We read our Bibles. We pray. But are we really there? Do we really show up?
Come near to God, and God will come near to you.
~ James 4:8
Like creatives who never put a pencil to paper to experience creative flow, how can we really expect to experience the flow of the Holy Spirit if we don’t show up? You might not have that overwhelming, bring-you-to-your-knees kind of experience right away if at all. But if you keep showing up, God is sure to come and meet you there. In fact, he promised that he would.