Without a doubt, the most critical piece to any creative work is the spiritual inspiration behind it. It’s critical because without it (at least for me) there is no creativity to work with at all. But there is another reason it’s so critical, maybe even a more important one. When you know that you are doing it for the Lord, when you know that you are being directly inspired by Him and for His glory, simply put…you just end up doing it better. The “duty” of the work is removed, and all that you have left is joy. I can’t produce anything worth looking at out of duty or responsibility, but when I work to create out of joy…suddenly I have freedom to do the thing well.
There was a lot of work that took place to make this event lovely, and being the lucky girl that I am, I have a lot of really great friends that joyfully did it with me. There was no way I could have installed all that we installed by myself. Literally no way at all. They all rallied baby-sitters, cut out more butterflies than I can count, spent two long days helping with installation, and most importantly, they encouraged and said “you can totally do this”, when I was saying “I don’t think I can do this”. They helped make our not so pretty church gym, into a beautiful dessert room to bless the several thousand women that walked through those doors.
And I as I mentioned and fully meant, it was a lot of work. The team of lighting/audio/stage guys at our church are among some of the most talented in the business. All their behind the scenes work made our stuff look good, down to the smallest detail. They too, did it all in joy, and we had a great time working together. I tried to remember to take pictures with my phone along the way to document the process. We started with 4 blank canvases as our backdrop.
Next I added the chandeliers. They were applied using a stencil and it can be found and purchased by clicking here.
Once our backdrop was complete, I moved to focusing on our “lady”. One of the guys from the stage/lighting team introduced me to the coolest store. It is a warehouse full of both new and old store fixtures and accessories.
I spent a solid two days dying muslin fabric different shades of pink, and all the while, still not knowing if any of this was going to work. God had a little hidden treasure in this process for me, one that I wouldn’t trade for anything, now that I’m on this side of it. This particular project was one that could not be “tested”. There was no way of knowing if it would all come together and look right until the last day. I knew what was in my brain, but I couldn’t do a dress rehearsal in advance. In hindsight, it was so clearly a God thing. I had to let it go on faith, and trust that He would complete the good work.
And to my dear Angela, who loves well, thank you for letting me be a part of this. I know I told you many times that you had the wrong girl, but I actually think I was wrong. Perhaps I was just the right broken girl to demonstrate how a lot of broken pieces can come together and be made beautiful in Him. It wasn’t difficult for me to find the words of brokenness to cover all over her dress…indeed that came easy. Maybe you had picked the right girl, one who still daily clings to those very scriptures that we attached to butterflies and hung all around this created lady of ours. Maybe you had the right broken girl after all. You are a blessing and a delight to me…what a joy it all was!
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