Hi and welcome back to another week on the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Two weeks ago I blogged about 10 things I’d learned after a year of blogging, and number one was that “coming up with new content is hard”. It is hard, it truly is, and as I prayed and sought the Lord for what to blog about this week, I came up with nothing. But the more I thought about the nothingness, the more I felt I had to blog about it. So effectively, this is gonna be a blog post about nothing…
But how can you write a post about nothing?
It’s funny, but as soon as I asked myself this question, the biblical account of the creation of Heaven and Earth popped into my mind. In particular the part where the Creator spoke into nothingness and creation happened. I love how the Amplified Bible states it:
“In the beginning God ( Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” GENESIS 1:1-3 AMP
So I can write a blog post about nothing, because I believe creation is brought forth from nothingness.
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It says in the scripture above, that the Lord spoke (“Let there be light”) and things happened. Light happened. But in order for the Lord to speak into the nothingness and bring forth creation, He had to believe that He could speak things into existence. Because He knew he could, He spoke, and Earth was created.
Yes, but we can’t speak a piece of art into existence
Do you really believe that? Do you really believe you’re not able to speak art into existence? If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m all about connecting creatives to the Creator through the beauty of art and craft. You’ll know I believe we are made in the image of the Creator, so we are creator’s. So if the Lord can speak into nothingness and bring forth creation, so can you.
You’re still not convinced?
Ok, just put aside everything I’ve written above. Do you believe that words are powerful? Do you believe that words can build something up or tear something down?
Evidence of the power that words can carry is best displayed in our childhoods. Can you recall a moment when a person spoke degradingly or poorly towards you? You never expected it, they told you that they didn’t like something about you. They made accusations about you and they told you that you will never belong. Inside, it broke a piece of you.
Or what about that person that praised you and said you were awesome? You never expected it, they told you that what you were doing was fantastic. They could see great potential in you and told you to keep it up. They were proud of you and said they were going to get their friends to meet you. Inside, you felt invincible, like you could take on the world.
This just served to highlight the power that words carry. Two interactions showing words that build up versus words that tear down.
So, what do you believe about that blank piece of paper or canvas in front of you?
When you look at the nothingness you want to work upon, your blank piece of paper or canvas, what do you believe? Because what you believe will lead to what you speak.
Do you believe that from it you can create something worthwhile or do you believe you will never create anything worthwhile? Do you believe that from it your work will impact others or do you believe your work will be disregarded by others?
Your answer to these sorts of questions will define how you speak over the nothingness in front of you. If you believe you can create something worthwhile, you will speak words that align with that (words that build up). If you believe you will never create work that is worthwhile, you will speak words that align with that (words that tear down).
The Creator spoke words that built up
In the account of creation the Creator spoke words that aligned with His belief that He can create, “Let there be light”. These are words about bringing something forth, about creating something. They are words that build upwards, they are not words that tear down.
So the power to speak art into existence is within you, just as it is with the Creator, the one whose image you’re made in.
A blog post about nothing is really something…
So the prompting to write a blog post about nothing, was really about something. If you needed proof that out of nothing, creation happens, then this is it. Out of this entire process, the component that I believe was most vital to the blog post happening was this –
“So I can write a blog post about nothing, because I believe creation is brought forth from nothingness.”
That’s what I believed so the words I spoke over my blank screen aligned with it and creation happened. The words I spoke were ones that built up, things like “I can write this“, “It will come together in the end and be about something“, “1000 words about nothing is madness, but I love it!” And the blog post was created.
So to you my friend, what do you believe about the nothingness in front of you? It all comes back to what you believe, and the words you’re prepared to speak over the blank piece of paper or canvas in front of you. I pray, they are words that build up, and that you start speaking some masterpieces into existence.
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Bless you my friend