In The Key to Everything, we find these words:
“’Wish I could’ve seen my grandmother’s work exhibited in that depot. She stopped painting in her twenties, though.”
David took a sip from his soda. “Why’s that?”
Genny swallowed the last bite of her hot dog and plucked one of the zinnias from the pot in front of her. “Said she lost her ability to see, whatever that means . . .”
What can it mean when a creative has lost his or her ability to see?
I never really experienced this until after my father died and the creative juices stopped flowing. After writing over a million words in the years previous, I wondered how I would find my way through the grief to a place where I could see again?
For a year, I stumbled along, managing to write short pieces for my blog and edit previously finished works, but no new project ideas came. I questioned if they ever would.
That’s when I saw a book by Christian comedian, Torry Martin, entitled Of Moose and Men about his adventures in Alaska. Among his many credits, Torry has written for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey series. I had gotten to know him at a screenwriting conference and found him a hilarious speaker. I needed hilarious and bought the book he co-wrote with Doug Peterson. As I read, I laughed for what felt like the first time in a year and amazingly, ideas trickled in my head about my own book project.
Healing had begun.
A wise man once wrote, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
From my experience, a crushed spirit also dries up our imagination.
We may also wind up with a lack of inspiration from being too busy, too goal oriented, but as in my case, an open wound is often the cause.
If you, too, are struggling, find something funny to read. Step away from being driven. Allow yourself to laugh, to be free in the Lord of the heavy burden. Let him minister to your heart through his healing balm of joy.
You’ll have to read The Key to Everything to find out what happened to Genny’s grandmother. My prayer is that in reading this book, you might find medicine for your heart and soul.
The Key to Everything from Anaiah Press is available now. The book God inspired Beverly to write while reading Torry Martin’s book has also just released, Faith in the Fashion District. Torry Martin has a new book available, The Call of the Mild: Misadventures in Africa, Hollywood, and Other Wild Places.
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