Don’t you just love it when you get confirmation about something? And don’t you just love it when that confirmation comes almost immediately after expressing some doubt? It’s happened to me twice in less than twenty four hours. These are the moments that deepen my faith. I realize that I am not alone; There is a force so much greater that I could ever believe, so much more benevolent than I could ever imagine.
Yesterday I was feeling a bit down about my dreadlocks. I had walked around downtown the day before and actually had to point out a couple of times that I am actually letting my hair lock. It’s been over two years. I thought they’d be more formed than now. So while getting ready to go out with my husband, I just talked to myself, questioning this whole process and wishing that someone would just notice that they are dreadlocks. Then at dinner, the first thing the waitress said to me was, “Are you letting your hair lock up?” Yes! Confirmation number one. We had a great conversation about dreadlocks, the why and the how. I left so encouraged!
From there we walked across the street to enter into conversation about faith and how to live that faith in a way that is authentic and beneficial to ourselves and to others. Of course, there was lots of talk about reaching out, helping others and a challenge as we left to do something tangible this week.
This morning, I began to question if it would just be too self centered to say that the practice I want to enter into this week is the practice of creativity and art. I feel the need to cultivate this part of my spirit.
Then I read this from Donald Miller this morning: In Defense of Art and the Artist. Confirmation number two!
Please go read the article for yourself, especially if you are looking for encouragement that “Art matters, so keep creating, even as God is creating, for your pleasure and for His.”