Have you ever heard or read something that is such a simple idea, but you had never even thought of it before, and it applies so much to you? That happened to me on this retreat. It ventured into my head not as a simple idea, but as one that seemed to really hit home. I went to Joel's worship workshop Saturday morning and he explored the concept that worship is more than just singing and lifting your hands to God. I had always thought this, so I agreed with him. But then he went into more detail and started talking about art. He said something along the lines of this: when we engage in our creative abilities that God gave us (musicians, visual art, dance, minds, etc.), we are connecting with God on the deepest level! He is the Creator, and we are made creative. We become one with God when we use the creative gifts he gave us, because He is creative and lovely.
I'm going to be real and put this out there - a lot of you following my blog are my close friends and you know that I struggle with depression. Life is funny sometimes because I had been talking to Lauren about how putting together creative collaborations via blog posts had been like my anti-depressant and it just made me feel good. It made me happy to dive into a world of creativity and appreciate others' forms of creativity as well. I didn't really think about it twice, I just knew it made me happy and that's really what I cared about. Then this weekend I hear what Joel has to say and this "connecting with God on the deepest level" is finally brought to my attention. It's something I had never thought of and now I look at artsy-ness in a whole new way.