Hi everyone and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs blog. This Connect with the Creator post has been a bit of an awakening for me. The Lord gave me a revelation today, one that I hope will also help others, so this post is just as much for me as it is for you. Today I wanna talk to those of you who are wondering, “Am I ever going to bloom as an artist?”
And yes, you’re right, I wonder this myself. Now, I know that there’ll be those of you who think I may have already “bloomed” ( and thank you, I truly appreciate that xx), however what I’ve come to realise is my definition of blooming will be different to yours.
Blooming is a personal thing
Only you can know when you’ve truly bloomed, because you’re the one who’s defined your blooming parameters. My parameters are going to be different to yours, so you won’t know if I’ve reached the stage I’ve defined as full bloom (and vice versa).
If it helps, try to think of a flower. You have a good idea of when you think a flower has bloomed, because it’s open, and it’s all shiny and pretty. But to pin point the exact stage it reached full bloom is near on impossible. The flower knows, it knows exactly what needed to happen to reach it, but you however, can only take a good educated guess.
You’re the only one who knows your exact point for blooming
Because of this, because it’s only you who knows your exact point for blooming, you find yourself wondering if you’re ever going to bloom as an artist. When you voice this, there will be those who advise you that your blooming parameters are too extreme. For some of you, that might be true, and you’ll know it is because you will be convicted by it deep within. Listen to me my friend, if wisdom comes knocking at your door, please listen… and then act. Don’t shut yourself off to wise advice. Redefine your parameters and keep creating.
But there will be those of you who know that your parameters aren’t extreme, so it’s a very natural thing to wonder when blooming will happen.
Truth comes knocking
The Creator spoke to me about all of this today. He was full of truth as He always is. The truth though, can be hard to hear, and to be honest, I have found what I’m about to share to be a bit challenging. It might be challenging for you too, but I encourage you to stay with me on this and hear me out.
The plant I shared an image of above is called a Croton. They are quite prevalent where I live and they are known for having a huge variety of colour in their leaves. Croton’s don’t flower though. Their beauty is in their leaves only, which are visible all year round.
Could this be your story?
For some of us as artists, this might be our story. We may never bloom as an artist according to our own desires. Perhaps, instead, we are designed to be a source of colour, life and beauty all year round. Perhaps we’re designed to be a part of something bigger. To be an integral part in a garden that decorates the landscape all year round, instead of being the centrepiece, the flower that blooms once a year.
If you have your hopes set on blooming, and you really believe it’s in your future, then I encourage you to hold onto that in faith. Believe for it, and if it’s planned for you, then it will come to pass. But if all the wondering of “Am I ever going to bloom as an Artist?” has you truly questioning things, can I suggest that perhaps you’re not destined to bloom as you had intended. Perhaps you’re intended to shine in another way.
I think that’s what’s intended for me…
And I think that’s what’s intended for me. Remember I said this post was just as much for me as it was for you. Well today the Creator helped me see things in a new way. I think I’m intended to shine the croton. To be a part of a bigger community of crotons, working together to make a landscape breathtaking.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10: 24
I’ve found this revelation challenging because it’s caused me to really look at myself and my intentions. My intentions were very self focused. They were not focused on being part of a community. But I see now that I’m meant to be. I am part of a large community of artists who are working together to decorate a landscape that glorifies our Creator. Let us work together to think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works… perhaps as an artist, this is how I’m intended to shine.
But you my friend…. what’s He been saying to you?
I share my revelation with you in the hope it might help you. Perhaps this is the answer for you as well, however welcome or unwelcome it might be. All I know is some of the most prize winning gardens in our shire are full of crotons. So get out there and shine girlfriend – find your garden, and shine!
Until next week, connect with the Creator, let Him inspire you. His magnificence and beauty is everywhere, even in art and craft.
Bless you my friend