Sourcing the wells of inspiration
The world will never starve for wonders, but only for want
of wonder . . . Because children have abounding vitality
they want things repeated and unchanged. They say, ‘Do it
again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is
nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to
exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough.
It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again,’
to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again,’ to the moon.
It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies
alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but
has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has
the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and
grown old, and our Father is younger than we are. (G.K.
When inspiration arrives, it often does so at the
most unlikely times and in the most unusual places.
Since our memories are short, and we are past
masters at putting things off – to say nothing of
the devil having had plenty of practice at snatching
good ideas away – we are wise if we record precious
insights in an easily retrievable place just as soon
as we can.
Much that the Lord alerts us to through His Still
Small Voice is not so much ‘new’ knowledge as
reminders that help us to apply what we already
know. Buried within our subconscious lies the
repository of all that we have ever read, heard, or
experienced, not to mention the emotions that
accompanied them. At any time, the Lord can activate
these memories, experiences and insights – even from
long forgotten episodes – and use them as a pointer
to make sense of some situation that we are going
To continue Chesterton’s argument, may the Lord
rekindle within us the eagerness of a child to learn
and discover new things. Blessed are they who
encourage people to develop their creative gifts,
and to venture out beyond the reefs of
disappointment and rejection.
For Reflection and Prayer
us, Lord, to this place of intimacy
where creativity flourishes.
As we pull away from our work and cares to wait on
we wait in silence for Your answering touch.
What would you show us today?