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“Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using it is our gift back to God.”

Just recently, I joined a reading group that was working with a book called The Artists’ Way. I refer to is as “working” because there are weekly tasks and assignments to do. The book is an interactive experience that is best done in a group.

I ended up finding this book incredibly helpful, and I think its message can extend out to anyone, not just those in creative fields. 

One of the main features of this course is to work creatively as a means of glorifying God.

Within this idea of collaborating with God is to keep a close awareness of how He works—particularly in the “mysterious ways.”

In order to do this, the author asks readers to really pay attention to things that can be looked at as coincidental. Yet she doesn’t believe in coincidence.

This reminded me of a phrase my mother taught me: nothing is coincidental, it’s “Godcidental.” So in essence this course urged me to pay attention to the Godcidental moments. 

Once I started to pay attention, these moments appeared everywhere. There were periods where things lined up so nicely, it often gave me chills. I still get them, even now, writing this.

Some of these things were major, like finding a job for instance.

I went to lunch with a friend one afternoon and I happened to be carrying my résumé. My friend ran into a long-lost friend while we were waiting for a table. It just so happened this friend works in a law firm that needed freelance editors and proofreaders. I handed over my résumé, we shook hands and she said she’d be in touch. Within a week I was editing proofs from my laptop. Godcidental moment, indeed!

Other things are more subtle.

A sequence of tiny Godcidental moments—that happened over the course of nearly two years—led me to my current relationship.

Although I didn’t piece them all together until I started doing this course, what impacted me was that my heart was open to each Godcidental moment. If I hadn’t, we’d never have met. And that would have been the biggest loss that I can think of. 

In retrospect, I now see that when I wasn’t dating, I was constantly aware of what was missing in my life, instead of looking at the blessings I had in front of me.

At some point things changed. At that time, I kept saying that I was going to put my love life into His hands, but I’m not sure I could’ve meant it if I was looking at what I lacked. Over a long time, I surrendered to His will and wasn’t even aware of it. 

One effective technique I started two years ago was the daily gratitude list. It really shifts the attention away from “lack” and focuses on the abundance of gifts He gives us.

Over time, that opened me up to seeing possibilities within what I already had and was grateful for. It is within exploring these possibilities that we begin to use our creativity to glorify His work.

If you are feeling defeated or have lost hope in your search, try shifting your focus. Paying attention to tiny possibilities just might lead to greater things, even if it takes two years, even if it takes a lifetime. My heart is with you on this one. 

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14 Comments

  1. Vivienne-926474 July 2, 2013

    IFSHSA. I love this post .I have found when I commit to God things start to happen . There is no such thing as coincidence it is Godincidence. The timing too perfect, always on time, always a source of laughter and thanksgiving.J MJ+

  2. Lisa-933589 July 2, 2013

    Cate,

    Thank you for reminding me about the Artist Way. Mixed with prayer and the RC faith- it really can help move mountains and open up a whole new perspective-and opportunity to be inspired.

    I have also worked with the Artist Way. I really benefited from the 3 morning pages of stream of consciousness writing–it really starts your day by emptying out, and having more room for God to fill up & heal & inspire. And I love the weekly Artist date—-really opens one up to people, places and things where Godincidences and providence can creatively show up! As I am in job search now, I think I may start some of the creative process again to open up more possibility! Blessed Be, Lisa

  3. Kathy-730470 July 2, 2013

    I loved reading this. It is so true. My mom always said love comes along when you least expect it. It is when you stop looking that something happens. I remember a story my sister told me of her friend that ran into her high school sweetheart one day walking her dog ten years after her marriage ended. She thought she would be single for the rest of her life and just went about her life. She was walking her dog one day as she always did and lo and behold met her high school sweetheart walking his dog as well. He had just moved in down the street and his marriage was also ended. Well they talked and had a coffee and eventually married. Who would of thought that after ten years and just living her life she would run into her husband ??? She has a picture in a double frame of her and her husband when they went to their high school prom many years ago and of them as husband and wife on their wedding day many years later. You just never know God’s plan for you. She told my sister she would go through everything she went through ( she had cancer after her marriage ended) to be where she is is today. She said it is all worth it and she is very happy…..happier than she ever thought she would be :). Soooo you just have to leave it to God and live the best life that you can.

  4. Rod-34918 July 3, 2013

    Poignant reminders that God powered through the Holy Spirit evokes and inspires the creative gifts, charisms and talents we each possess.

  5. Alice-788574 July 3, 2013

    There are no coincidences, only Christ incidences. 0:-)

  6. Tom-542036 July 3, 2013

    I’ve studied every angle. Convinced that when it is your time you will meet someone. It’s just a question of faith. If you don’t meet someone…it’s God’s will be done.

  7. Michael-1806 July 3, 2013

    Thanks for sharing, Cate. To allow God to work in our lives, we need to be properly disposed. Striving to live a virtuous life wiith a humble heart, we then are graced with greater receptivity. Praying to listen better and be open, we invite the Lord into our lives daily.

    Tying in the thankfulness is huge; it fosters a spirit of joy in recognition of all His Gifts. We really need to thank Him when we retire, when we wake and throughout the day. This results in opportunities we could never dream of.
    For His glory, may we all be open to use our gifts and do His will.

  8. Kelly-984108 July 4, 2013

    I thought I was mad until I read this… Godcidental I love that phrase, I am so glad you wrote it.

    Many thanks and blessings

    Xxxx

  9. Colleen-973447 July 5, 2013

    Good reminder

  10. Kathy-949034 July 5, 2013

    Thank you for the reminders. I’m glad I stopped to read your post. :-)

  11. Julie-670518 July 11, 2013

    I absolutely love this! :)

  12. Cindi-865715 July 17, 2013

    “The Artists’ Way” is a wonderful way to strengthen my relationship with my Creator. I would love to do this with a group of women!

  13. Feldman S. July 25, 2013

    IN GOD I TRUST

  14. Carol-799486 August 15, 2013

    All good things happen whenever you allow God to be God in your life. Nothing is accidental true. For God never waste his time like we humans do. God never waste our time. His timing is perfect. Just like a potter molding a clay pot in his hands. Molding it into perfection. Thank you so much for posting this post. I’ve learned a lot from you today.

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