We all experience those times in our lives when the busyness and responsibilities just want to overwhelm us. We each have our own story but we need the full engagement of our mind, will, and emotions for the important creative work. Yet there are often one hundred other things that so urgently need our attention. The idea of getting quiet to do the character creation or script research or finish that chapter of your book, (or Act II of your play) or paint the painting. It just seems like too much… you can feel the circuits “shorting out”. It hurts because that creative work is the thing you love and the important thing you are wired for, your destiny is there.
At times it feels like chaos is all around you. You finally get focused, and start to make some progress on something then your agent calls and you need to send a taped audition before the end of the workday….. eeek! You feel the frustration rising, but you have to stop, because that call is actually part of the creative work you have been hoping for and working toward.
This is when I run to my Creator and Savior and cry “help!” I am reminded of His words in Proverbs 3 (The Message version) “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure everything out on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
As most of you have, I’m sure, I have cried many tears over the years. I remember a specific crisis time in my family where we were all crying tears over a brother and his circumstances. I was comforted by a scripture I came across by “accident:”
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalms 56:8)
Later, when doing an important audition like the one I described above where I was very distracted, I needed to get focused by pulling away from my overwhelming busyness. I got quiet and tried to “listen for God’s voice.” I was instantly reminded of His promise in Psalm 56:8… I needed tears for that audition… and guess what… He poured them out for me, right out of His bottle full of my tears. It was sweet.