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Healthy Extravagance

When it comes time for us to choose between a cherished dream and a lousy current drudgery, we often choose to ignore the dream, and blame our continued misery on God. We act like it's God's fault we didn't go to Europe, take that painting class, go on that photo shoot. In truth, we, not God, had decided not to go. We have tried to be "sensible" -- as though we have any proof at all that God is sensible-- rather than see if the Universe might not have supported some healthy extravagance.

I have often said that God himself did not know when to stop-- there is not one red flower, or a hundred red flowers, but thousands. Snowflakes, of course, are the ultimate exercise in sheer creative glee-- no two alike. This creator looks suspiciously like someone who just might send us support for our creative ventures.

3 Comments on "Healthy Extravagance"

  1. Madeline says:

    Precious Julia,

    I had the honor of being at your workshop in NYC recently. I was one — of many — who thanked you for the contribution you are making to my creative life. This piece is just extraordinary…or ordinary Julia wisdom in such an artful, memorable way…. I will savor this, like so many others, and pass along. You have gotten me back to writing happily! So so grateful…

  2. Iris Ztarr says:

    Love it! So true, so much beauty in the world! Certainly not a stingy God by any means and why wouldn’t He?She support us? We keep forgetting to ask!

  3. Julia,
    I have to say I love this post on a number of levels. First of all it is so true. Secondly, it was illustrated to me by a dear friend this weekend. Not only is she blaming God (as well as her husband) for her derailed writing career and indentured state to her brother’s business she blames Him for not taking care of her spiritually. Having said all that after much talk she did have a couple of important epiphanies and was moved by a book of yours – Answered Prayers. I had just bought it for myself but in trying to find a way to help her I felt I was led to give it to her. I asked her to just open the book. She did and happened to read this section which said it all – all she needed to hear about what she was feeling. She teared up. I have to say that book is amazing. It goes right to the heart of our yearning to know God and have intimacy with Him – something she is need of but at a loss of how to go about it. You have really helped her and me and I’m sure many more people. It is beautiful and powerful and in my estimation from my conversations with God very close to what He might say. Thank you. I know I digress but I wanted to say that to you.

    I also love your constant reminder of God’s awesome creativity. I feel the same way. I always mention to people His penchant for variety (ie, how many types of daffodils) as an example. But I love how you use the reminder to blow holes in the way we humans continually fail to see God’s nature in “nature” – His creation.

    Thank you.

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