The past week has been healing for me.
I spent the last week shooting pictures and video everyday (well almost, we skipped one of them...) with one of my best buddies. The best part about it? We were exploring as well. Going to places we had never been, seeing things we have never seen, being creative in places that we had never created in before. Getting to express ourselves in what drew our eye, seeing things in a new scope. It was exhausting, but it was worth it each day.
On top of that, we got to spend the week with incredible people. I have been blessed with knowing a group of guys up north that are fun, loving, friendly and men of God. Spending the week with these guys was exciting for me because I love them a lot. They are always a blast to spend time with, always making jokes, challenging each other, and have real life conversations.
Now why was this healing for me?
Let me explain. First looking at the creativity.
Recently, I feel like I have been having more emotion. Not necessarily bad emotion, definitely not some kind of weird hormonal emotion, but just emotion. In every day life. About everyday things. There are so many factors that play into it, everything from life circumstances, to life uncertainties. Luckily, because of the people around me, I have been challenged to take that emotion and create. Whether it is with coding, music, photography, I am creating. Am I fantastic at it? Not always. Does it always work how I want it to? Definitely not. Yet, in the midst of it, I am creating things that speak to me, and hoping that they speak to others.
But why does creating give a healing effect to me? Because we have a creative God. If you look in Genesis, we see God create the heavens, the sky, the earth, and all of it's people. Our God is so incredibly creative. Giving thought into all He does, focusing on every detail. Especially with us.
- "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." - Genesis 1:27
Now, in my mind, talking about people presenting a healing effect on me seems a little self explanatory. Even so, it is something that can't be looked over.
I spent the week with great people. Meeting new people, spending time with old friends. Even while creating, it was done side by side with someone. God designs us to be with others. He designs to share life with others. He designs to be in community.
I have an amazing community at home. I have people that challenge me, that push me to my limits, that invest in my life. I have people that invest in me spiritually, that deeply care. Even with that, feeling that same way in a place that isn't my home, having that same support and friendship with people I rarely see, felt refreshing. It reminded me how much people matter. It reminded me why I love people so much.
And again, we have a God that was with people. We have a God that wants us to grow with each other. That wants us to have community. New and old. We see it through the Gospels, Jesus investing in people, challenging others, pushing them to be who they are. That is what we are made to do. All because of a God that invests with us first.
Like I said, this week has been healing. So what do I do now? Keep creating, keep being with people. Continue to share life with my friends, look for new people to meet, go create with others. Inspire, challenge, and above all else, be with each other. Nothing is quite as healing as being with people who love you.
- "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." - Matthew 18:20