Beautifully Equipped

I'm currently researching for my book series called The Blue Flame. It's a lot of fun after writing from a place of grief for what seems like a really long time. But, if I'm honest, even though it's a fun project, when I consider the commitment of taking on a book series, I become a bit disheartened. Even though I know God has put this idea on my heart.

With every writing project I've worked on, there have been moments of overwhelm. Especially on those low word count days, or no word count days. When research feels like a waste of time because I'm not getting words down. When I just want to HAVE written rather than actually write.

Recently, however, I've been reading the book of Exodus and amazingly this has inspired me in my writing journey. Another confession, I didn't intend to read it for pleasure but it's part of my readings for my devotional so I've spent a few mornings wading through the Old Testament law. But just when I thought the Lord couldn't use a particular passage, He proved me wrong.

You see, God gave Moses really specific details about how to craft the Tabernacle. And then the curtain. And then the priestly robes. Not only were these designs to be functional, they were also to be beautiful. Precious stones, filigree gold, twisted gold chains, and blue linen.... God gave measurements too but He went into great details as to how these items were to be.

They were to be lovely.

In chapter 34 the women who weaved only had to be two things - they had to have the skill and they had to be willing. That was it. God would do the rest. He would take their offering and turn it into something of beauty.

Then in Exodus 35 and 36 we see God appointing certain people to use their skills to create these lovely holy items. They are to use their God-given skills, they are to practice the workmanship He has already equipped them to do.

"...So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded. " Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.” Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.'

EXODUS 36:1-7

I love that - what they had was more than enough for them to do the work.

They had more than enough to create something beautiful that would bring glory to God.

We have a God who creates beautiful things. He creates each snowflake differently, just for fun. Just because He can.

I don't know where you're at right now in your creative journey, but I do know God has provided more than enough for us to fulfill our calling. We may constantly desire more time or more energy, but the Lord has given us more than enough for us to follow His call.

By His Spirit, our God has equipped us to create something beautiful for His glory.

These creative endeavours He has placed on your heart - on my heart - aren't stray thoughts or coincidences. It's the Lord equipping you with precious stones, filigree gold, twisted gold chains, and blue linen for you to create something beautiful that brings glory to Him.

'He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.'

EXODUS 35:35

Elizabeth is a writer and the founder of Daughters of Love and Light. She has a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and is studying a Master of Divinity. She has released a fantasy trilogy, three novellas (including The Battle for Harenburg Hill), a book of poetry, The Watson Women and Miss Adelaide. Elizabeth lives in South Australia with her husband and young son and is currently working on a book series The Blue Flame and is about to release her first non-fiction work Hope Rises - Honest Stories to Honour Our Babies in Heaven & Bring Healing to Those Left Behind.

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