Inspiration (n) – 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. 2. a sudden brilliant or timely idea.
Inspiration often seems to come from a place deep within us, but does inspiration come if you are not looking for it, or desire it in the first place?
The word inspiration is often used when seeking a flow of creativity. When you are looking for new ideas, or when you need to add to something that you have already started.
I find that when I write, I need inspiration to come. Today it came from the fact that I could not find words to start a single line on this page. But it started with the basic form of movement – getting up and sitting at my computer, praying for wisdom, and asking questions from what was already sitting in my heart.
The words then flow, like the breath that comes – in and out. Each word following another on the page. One idea following another.
Before going on I want you to do something for me – I want you to hold your breath for about 3 minutes. Do it now, go on… see if you can do it.
After about a minute, did your brain urge your body to find air for your lungs? Was there a sense of urgency to live?
I could ask you to close your eyes and go for a walk, but that may very cause you to hurt yourself as you attempt it. The first piece of furniture you bump into will cause the brain (in the form of mental stimulation) for you to open your eyes and look where you are going.
Here is another thing to think on – Inspiration comes only when the need is filled with the very thing that satisfies that need and fulfills what you seek. Inspiration is only inspiration if it fills the creativity or path that you seek it to fill.
Because people place significance from the fact that it is only the talented that find inspiration to do and create, the word becomes an unreachable for mortals to be able to seek. Yet it seems to me that all of us have something that we seek to find inspiration for… and sometimes inspiration is a very basic moment by moment activity.
For a mum with a tight budget it is ways of cooking that will provide the most amount of food for her family. For the mum with a toddler, she will search for ways that will stop the tantrums. For the mum of a teenager it is finding ways to communicate effectively. Really, inspiration is around you every moment of the day. With the desire to live, you will not be inspired to breath. Without the desire to eat, you will not be inspired to work. Without the desire to not to be seen naked, inspires you to find some clothes to put on. Without the desire in us to know our Creator, we would not be inspired to seek Him. Is it really that basic?
You cannot fill the desire to be clothed, with food. You cannot open your eyes and hope to fill your lungs with breath. You cannot fill a desire for the spiritual with the desire for a drink of water.
There is a quote by Blaise Pascal –
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself”
The desire to have a void filled, come from the understanding that only God can fill that longing that the heart seeks. If you fill that void with friends, money, food and possessions then the void is fill not with the very One who inspires us to live life abundantly.
These scriptures have been crossing my mind lately –
2 Peter 1:21 – for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (AMP)
2 Tim 3:16 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (NLT)
Whatever moves you also inspires you. Whatever inspires you will also move you. Whatever moves your mind and spirit should also move your feet, or motivate your body….and move your mouth.
I pray that you will be inspired today to seek God in a fresh way. I pray that the inspiration of the Holy Spirit will move your heart, mind, will, emotions and spirit.