The Journey Homeward

Walking On Water

Reflections on Faith & Art

Chapter 10

Artists have always been drawn to the wild, wide elements they cannot control or understand—the sea, mountains, fire. To be an artist means to approach the light, and that means to let go our control, to allow our whole selves to be placed with absolute faith in that which is greater than we are. The novel we sit down to write and the one we end up writing may be very different, just as the Jesus we grasp and the Jesus who grasps us may also differ.

~Madeline L’Engle

Augustine wrote, “Let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to his Master.” The principle has come to us generally as “All truth is God’s truth” having since been expanded with elaboration by many including Aquinas and Calvin.  For many of us, the real battle for alignment is not one of scientific or theological debate but rather the unification of the conflicting elements within ourselves.

In Walking on Water, Madeline L’Engle said:

When mind and heart work together, they know each other as two people who love each other know; and as the love of two people is a gift, a totally unmerited, incomprehensible gift, so is the union of mind and heart. David cried out to God, “Unite my heart to fear thy name.” It is my prayer, too.

Do you agree that prayer and the creative process are similar in that “the mind and the heart, the intellect and the intuition, the conscious and the subconscious mind, stop fighting each other and collaborate”? How has this been true for you, if at all? Have you ever considered your prayer life and your creative life to be so linked? Do you feel that these things—mind, heart, intellect, intuition, conscious, subconscious—really do collaborate when you are in prayer? How? Do they collaborate when you are creating?








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Rick Wilcox

Rick is voraciously interested in the holistic transformation of people individually and in an organizational context - enabled by technology, educated continuously through multi-channel systems and informed by the wisdom of history's greatest thinkers. He is a Ph.D. student at Faulkner University, focusing on the appearance of the Logos in English Literature. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Management from Sam Houston State University. His undergraduate studies earned a BA with double majors in Sociology and Theology from Houston Baptist University. Rick is an ordained minister who leads the Parenting Teens Adult Community at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands Texas.