Dear Artist Child,
Nothing that happens to you is outside of my plan for you. I know this is very difficult to understand sometimes. From your finite perspective it would seem much better for My plan for your creative life to unfold in a straight line. To you it feels like one detour after another, one hurdle to get over, another storm to weather, more days of dogged mundaneness to endure before the real business of living your creative life can happen. I’m here to say to you, it is ALL part of the creative life I’m crafting in you.
Grab hold of this truth, that My plan for you is a good one, and you will be able to see small beauties even in the midst of dark times. Your life is not a haphazard mish-mosh of random events and circumstances, though it may feel that way to you.
And beware of trying to determine on your own what “good” is…I myself am the one who defines this word, for I AM the embodiment of Good.
To carry you through difficult times, search through your day for little things you are thankful for. Use any of your creative faculties for this: write them out in simple haiku, sketch a few of them, knit something for someone else, etc. Whatever circumstance you find yourself battling (illness, job loss, difficulty with children, aging parents, financial hardship, etc) fight against despair with your art. Art transforms, uplifts, smooths out, and provides an expression for all you are feeling.
There is no need to trust “the plan”….only trust Me in the midst of the plan I have for you. I will uphold. I will provide. This is my promise to you.
Your loving Father
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”