It’s been a while, and predictably crazy busy.
Apparently this is now the badge of honour in our culture. If you want to WIN at life,you can’t answer the “How’s it going?” question without answering “BUSY” for full points!
BOW DOWN BEFORE MY PACKED SCHEDULE! I WIN!
Haaaa, and I’m so guilty of that! My bad!
But basically chronic busyness is a real cultural problem, and it creeps everywhere, and maximum usage of our time and resources are prized.It can creep into our spiritual lives and we start squeezing out prayer time, and Bible time. Feeling vaguely guilty and a our brains a whole lot more wired and freakish, we tell ourselves, I’m just so busy, and stressed, I’ll find time tomorrow,tomorrow, tomorrow. (Though if you do repeat words three times in a row, your brain could be short-circuiting, and a quick slap in the face should do the trick. Or a glass of water to the face if you want to go for the soap opera vibe)
Actually, missing out vital soul time with our Creator, is so detrimental to us. In so many arenas of our psyche. And by focusing upwards, on Him, his beauty and love and grace, takes our minds out of ourselves and our often petty quibbles and stresses that become bigger when they are all we look at.
Lately I’ve been running spiritual journalling workshops, and also doing a lot more private spiritual journalling.For me, with a creative kink to my brain, this is a way of meditating on God’s truth, and taking time out to let the words wash over me as I let my fidgeting hands create.
I love doodling in church, here’s one from the other weekend
Sometimes I doodle quietly with a Bible open in front of me, with music on
and just think on the words and let them sink in and enjoy my brain just being still and concentrating on the task. It’s so freeing to find a moment to be creative rather than endlessly checking mail, re-checking Facebook, re-checking twitter, being so busy, often doing stuff for God, but not actually checking in with Him at any point to get my soul happy and content with him.
I did a journalling workshop in the creative space I occupy on Wednesdays at a wonderful place called The Lighthouse and will be doing one next week.
Here I put on some soulful, awesome music for the background (I LOVE the newest Josh Garrels album), provide some Bible text printed out, encourage the participants to read through, ask God to bring to the forefront things which He is saying in the passage, annotate, scribble, look at what is being said.Or think on a verse that has been in your recent readings. Then using the art stuff, watercolours, stamps, a big old font book, inks, calligraphy pens, distress inks, collage, just CREATE. Use it to express what your are seeing, use it to meditate on those verse. Let your brain rest in the creative juices and God’s Word. Dudes, its a holy combination I’m telling you!
Don’t aim for perfection, just aim for expression. And get some rest.