I've been writing about different kinds of anxiety this week and how it can hinder your work and creativity. There is another anxiety that will hinder your ability to create and that is anxiety about money. How often I have had a good idea only to dismiss it a few minutes later because of provision anxiety -- where would I get the money to do that? that won't make me any money, will it? how will I feed my family? It's just an idea but I tend to immediately start thinking about cash and, when I do, the idea generally flies away as quickly as a bird that had come to nest only to find a "beware of the cat" sign.
This week I have been reflecting on the cloud that followed Israel in their wilderness wanderings. This cloud led them by day and by night became a pillar of fire. I had always thought this cloud was for guidance only. When it moved, Israel moved and when it stayed, so did Israel. That is part of what the cloud did. Yet I never thought that the cloud was also there for protection. There were millions of people and animals traveling in the scorching heat of the Middle Eastern desert, so the cloud had to protect them from all the elements.
What's more, God sent them manna to eat and water to drink in the desert. God never had them learn how to exist in the desert by learning desert-survival tactics. They never made peace with their surroundings. He was able to provide for and protect them in the harshest of conditions and He did it for 40 years.
Now if God could do that for Israel, what can He do for you and me? He certainly can't and won't do any less! So why worry about provision? God is capable of giving you whatever you need and He knows what you need before you ask.
I did not say that provision wasn't important, for often when I tell people to focus on the idea and not the money, they think I am ignoring their money needs. I am not. It's just that I know that provision anxiety can stop anyone in his or her tracks, even a seasoned and creative faith warrior. You don't have to know who will publish your work or fund your business before you make plans to start and finish either. You just have to allow the creativity to flow, free from the effects of anxiety.
What could you dream today if provision anxiety didn't butt in? What plans could you make? What could you create or begin to create? I urge you to reflect more on God's ability to provide even in a desert and then apply what you learn to your own situation. Oops, gotta go. That idea bird that flew away earlier just came back and this time I want to welcome her along with the creative ideas that she brings. Have a good time creating!
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