Notes for a sharing session with some artists:
1. Read Psalm 1
2. Transpiration in plants
o Water absorbed from the soil by the roots is pulled upwards through the plant and evaporates through stomata on the surface of the leaves
o Nutrients from the soil dissolved in the water help the plant to grow - more transpiration equals more growth
o Transpiration also helps to cool the plant down
→ We need to be grounded in the Word (soil), filled with the Holy Spirit (water), and create good works (transpire) in order to grow healthily.
3. Some external factors that affect transpiration
o Water level in the soil
o Air temperature
o Air movement ie wind
→ Make sure we place ourselves among people who encourage us to be creative, and also get the right training, resources, and conducive environment to boost our creativity.
4. What happens when plants don't transpire
o Wilt if due to soil being too dry
o Explode/burst if due to other factors that prevent transpiration
→ Keep soaking in the Holy Spirit and keep creating!
5. Transpiration is part of the water cycle
o Water vapour released into the air forms clouds and falls down as rain
o Water is essential to all life on earth
→ Creative works inspired by God change the atmosphere and will bless others by sending them showers of love, joy, peace, hope… all that is essential for an abundant life! The impact could also be remote like clouds that are blown far away - transcends space and time.
6. Different plants
o Have different rates of transpiration
o But all plants transpire!
→ We have different gifts and talents, different skills and abilities. But everyone is creative as we are made in the image of the Creator! Don't compare with others cos we're all unique. Just be assured that God has equipped each one of us uniquely to produce the good works that He has prepared us to do/create (Eph 2:10).
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither –
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.