But we weren’t. The trail abruptly ended, closed off due to some repair work. Yet, it didn’t seem to go much farther anyway. We leaned forward and craned our necks to see where the inspiring point was. We were disappointed. Nothing appeared that compared with what we had already seen. We laughed at the name of the place, agreeing that it was the least inspiring place we’d visited.
How ironic that we weren’t inspired at Inspiration Point. However, we were inspired by so many other things we’d seen. We were inspired when we didn’t expect to be inspired.
I couldn’t help but compare our experience to writing. We sometimes work so hard to find inspiration, that we overlook what we’ve already seen or experienced. We sit at our computers and wait for miraculous words to appear on the screen and are disappointed when they don’t.
The definition of inspiration is “stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art.” Little surprise that staring at a vacant computer screen fails to stimulate.
So where does the inspiration come from? Where is our “inspiration point?” Thanks to photography, I can look at pictures from our trip of all the marvelous things we saw and recall the inspiration I felt while there. I can look at pictures of lighthouses, one of my favorite inspirational hobbies. Or I can go for a walk in our neighborhood and take the trail through the woods – an activity that always inspires me. Or look out my kitchen window and see flowers, trees, birds and squirrels. I can listen to the sound of baby birds in their nest in my hanging fern. I can hear the chatter of a squirrel, the cry of a hawk overhead, or the meow of a cat. Or I can just think of my family and friends and how God has blessed me with them.
Truth is, I don’t really have to go anywhere to be inspired. I can just open my Bible and be reminded of God’s majesty when David was inspired to write in Psalm 19:1-6, beginning with “The heavens declare the glory of God.’
Which brings me to another definition of inspiration – divine influence. The Latin origin of the word “inspire” – in means “into,” and spirare means “to breathe.” In the book of Genesis, it says God breathed life into man. God inspired man with life! So maybe if you’re looking for inspiration, you should go to the source, and ask God to breathe it into you.
What inspires you?