Tuesday, March 11, 2008

When Your Creative Well Runs Dry

Have you ever wandered in the desert? If you're involved in the arts, you know that this can mean a time of being unproductive rather than a journey through sand-covered land. We're called upon to create, to come up with quality products that honor God while helping others to hear His message and those products (whether they are performances on stage, scripts, songs, lyrics, choreography, devotions, videos or some other element used in the arts) must be created new and fresh every week and on deadline.

Creating new and fresh in the desert can be a challenge, however. It's dry, the heat is intense and desert is all you can see for miles around. So how do you survive and find your way out? Trust the One who is the Way.

In the heat and dryness of the desert, ask Him to quench your thirst. If you're feeling like your creative well has run dry, chances are you probably haven't been setting aside enough time for prayer and study in the Word. The water you need doesn't come from a full calendar. His water comes from the spring of eternal life and it renews your soul, spirit and creativity.

In the intensity of the heat and the sun bearing down, ask Him to be your rock, in the shadow of which, you can take refuge. Rely on that rock, and not your own ability or need for recognition, to be the foundation for all of the work you do and watch Him bring streams of water and creativity in the desert.

God very rarely allows us to wander in the desert without purpose. Sometimes we have to go there to be cut off from people, activities and things we otherwise rely on to discover how to depend on Him alone. Sometimes we have to journey there to allow Him to purify our character or motives or to give us new perspective. Whenever you find yourself in the dry place, however, remember there is a way out and back to a refreshed well of creativity.

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (Jer 17:7-8 NIV)

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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