Inspiration

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

Inspiration surrounds us. We admire it in the twinkle of our daughter’s eyes. We observe it in the smirk on our son’s lips. The sun warms our back with it. Birds chirp its melody. Flowers burst with its beauty. Rain splashes our faces with it, as does the ocean mist. Oranges, coffee, and spring breezes enhance inspiration with their aroma. Come to think of it, skunks incite ideas as well. Yes, negative inspiration is as powerful as sweet, fond memories.

A baby’s laughter, a clap of thunder in the dark of night, the burst of dawn … all things great and small energize creativity. When we run out of things in our backyard, we can travel to distant lands, if not physically, through the words and images captured by others. The Internet offers a never-ending source of information to arouse our imaginations for a lifetime.

The Creator in Us

Yes, inspiration is everywhere. Nevertheless, there are times we can’t see it, let alone figure out how to use it to inspire others.

Elisha had no trouble inspiring others to do as the Lord commanded. During his ministry, he spoke the words God gave him, and things happened accordingly. When the Lord inspired the prophet to warn the king of Israel of Syria’s plans of attack, the Syrian king turned on Elisha. The prophet’s servant saw the horizon lined with the enemy’s army and panicked. But Elisha remained calm and asked God to open the eyes of the servant so that he could see what Elisha saw—the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire—the Lord’s army ready to attack. Through the prophet’s words and the Lord’s images, the servant gained insight and trusted God.

At times, I’m more like the servant than the prophet. Despite all the resources at hand, my productivity becomes blocked. That’s when I usually discover, just like Elisha’s servant, I’ve been running on my own cleverness and understanding, which is quickly depleted. This tells me it’s time to stop and pray with the expectation of receiving a double portion of imagination.

God offers insight beyond anything this world has to give. He is the origin of ingenuity, our divine source of inspiration, our ultimate resource. He supplies everything we need. All we have to do is become like Elisha and ask. The Creator wants us to trust Him in every aspect of our lives. He never tired of answering the prayers of His prophets. And He’ll never tire of answering our prayers. We can rely on Him, even as the wellspring of inspiration and creativity … a source we cannot exhaust.

How can you tap into God’s inexhaustible wellspring of inspiration and creativity?

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by Brenda K. Hendricks

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Brenda K. Hendricks is an artist who has experimented with her gift of painting most of her life. She enjoys imparting artistic skills, as well as knowledge of the Creator, to participants at art parties, retreats, and other Christian events. In addition to her love of painting, she has discovered a passion for writing. When not creating, Brenda hops on the seat behind her husband, Gene, to zoom over hill and dale on their Harley, admiring the wonders of nature in Central Pennsylvania where they live. The couple has been blessed with two daughters, seven grandchildren, and a psycho Airedale terrier named Hunter.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.