Guest Post: Slow & Deliberate Faith

Hey everyone! Today Emily is sharing some inspiring words about slowing down and letting God have his creative way in our lives. Make sure you check out her blog for more great writing and book reviews! - whitney


Honestly, I don't consider myself a very creative person. I rush. I try to get things done quickly so I can check them off my list. I get frustrated with imperfect corners and messy handwriting, but I still don't slow down and really invest in much in the world of crafts. I also apply that same sense of frantic rush to my life. Everything is hurried, busy and layered with imperfect edges that are "good enough." Why am I in such a hurry to create everything? Nothing in our world that is worth creating can ever be done in an afternoon.

New life takes nine months or creation and nurturing.
Plants grow slowly.
Books are written over months, not hours.
Movies can take years.
Friendships take time to be authentic.
Relationships blossom into marriages over hours, days and months.

Life takes time to be creative. God could have created the world in an instant, but instead the Bible records the labor of love process of creation. Have you read the Genesis account of creation recently?  

Light. Darkness. Day. Night. 
Day One.

Sky.
Day Two.

Land. Seas. Vegetation.
Day Three. 

Stars. Sun. Moon.
Day Four.

Fish. Birds.
Day Five.

Animals. Man. 
Day Six.

Did you catch that? God, the Ultimate Craftsman, took an entire day to create the sky. That's it. Genesis 1:6-8 says, "And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day." 

An entire day. To create the sky. I get mad if something I'm creating takes more than a few hours, but God was content to take an entire day to create the sky, just to make sure it was perfect. God reveals over and over again that creativity takes time, but the time is well worth it. It's time to slow down, and allow ourselves the time to be the creative person God designed us to be. Of all of the things God created, we are his masterpiece. We are his pride and joy and the culmination of His creative expression. 

If God was content to take an entire day to create the perfect sky, why are we so frustrated when we don't get answers from Him immediately? Why is our faith so small that we think if we don't hear from Him immediately, He's not doing anything or hearing our prayers? Maybe it's time that we slow down and let the Creator create in our lives.


Emily Bedwell is a blogger, reader, writer and someday librarian. She spends her work days as Business & Communications Director for her church and her evenings reading books, hanging out with her husband, and playing with her dog. She blogs at emilyrbedwell.com and writes book reviews at shelftonightstand.wordpress.com. Follow her on twitter at @emilyrbedwell.