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Riding the Wave of His Presence

I love this short video clip about famous surfer, Laird Hamilton because it speaks to the very core of who we are as artisans in the Kingdom of God. There is a quote at the very end that says of Laird, “No one had ever ridden as Laird rode on that wave before. It was the imagination of dealing with that unimaginable energy and coming up with the plan spontaneously – he couldn’t practice!”

God is calling us as artisans to that same place of imagination and creativity in order to take a mountain that’s so big, no one has ever dared take it before – the mountain of arts & entertainment. He’s calling us through our creative expression and the expression of our lives to release the Glory of God and impact culture around the world.  He’s looking for those artisans who are willing to risk it all for the thrill of conquering in His kingdom. He’s looking for those who have dreamed of a moment like this, where their actions and the actions of those around them would forever alter the fabric of history in this realm.

The story of Laird Hamilton is not that he reached some long sought-after destination but rather the culmination of everything that he was, knew and had experieced prepared him for this perfect wave on this perfect day. It wasn’t that he wasn’t looking to go conquer that particular wave that day. In fact, he probably thought it was just another day on the water like he had spent many days before.

The same is true for us. Conquering the mountain of arts & entertainment and impacting culture is not some destination. Rather, it’s about doing what you do every day as an artisan in the Kingdom and then all of a sudden waking up to the reality that you’re right in the middle of the biggest moment of your life. It’s the day-to-day journey of life, community and creativity that prepare us for these moments of destiny.  Whether you’re just beginning this journey of creativity in the Kingdom, or you’ve been preparing your whole life, I’d like to offer some sign posts for the journey to help guide you down this road of destiny.

Ride the Waves
One of the most important principles to learn in the Kingdom is that God creates the waves – we ride the waves. Arthur Wallace once said “If you would do the best with your life, find out what God is doing in your generation and fling yourself into it.”  Any time we get into creating the wave, manufacturing the circumstances, stirring up the momentum it likely leads us to moving outside the Spirit. Don’t hear what I’m not saying though. God’s looking for dreamers – those who will go for it – but all under His strategic guidance.

Every wave we experience in our life – creative or not – is seasonal. It’s up to us to learn how to embrace the season we are currently in so we can fully experience and cooperate with what God is saying and doing now. When we try to operate the other way, by manufacturing situations or momentum, we become easily frustrated and blocked both spiritually and creatively. The Jesus model is to love us in relationship, show us the mysteries of God  and then reveal greater works to us.

19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

It’s All About Balance
When you’re riding a wave, the focus of your attention has to be about balance and forward momentum. You can’t stand still on a wave or you’ll get crushed. The same is true creatively. You’ll die as an artist if you don’t learn to move with the Spirit of God and connect to the source of all creativity.

The balance we desperately need as His creative ones is learning to flow in the right things at the right time. I’m typically an all or nothing kinda guy, so balance doesn’t come naturally. If I am going to pursue something it’s usually at the expense of something else. The Lord’s plan for us as artisans is to be so tuned in to Him creatively that no matter what He calls us to – art, family, an upcoming show, volunteering at church, community events, work, a new project – we are able to flow in the grace and creativity He is releasing for that season. Again, our job is not to create the wave but to cooperate with it.

Beyond Practice
Lastly, I believe the Father wants to take us to a place in Him that’s beyond practice and the rudiments of our creative medium. His desire is that we trust and flow with Him in the realms of life and creativity where it’s impossible to practice or prepare.

This may seem unnatural to you, but it’s exactly the story of Laird Hamilton and of Jesus. Both worked their whole life – listening, looking, percieving, preparing – Laird with the flow of ocean waves and Jesus with the flow of His father. Then, at the right time, with no real notice, they find themselves on the ride of their life where everything they are doing is the culmination of their entire experience.

For us to go to the levels in God that is required for us to take dominion over the mountain of arts & entertainment and really shift culture, it’s imperative that we learn to go beyond what we can do naturally. We must learn to operate in the supernatural creative flow of the Holy Spirit. That’s the place where the Kingdom and God’s power are simply flowing out of you. Whether you’re eating lunch, creating or talking to a friend, you’re flowing in the Kingdom and the Glory is being revealed in and through you. It’s what I call the ‘shadow anointing.’ Just like the disciples when they walked down the street and people got healed when their shadow fell upon them. The disciples didn’t do anything per se but just be who they were in the Kingdom and boom – a normal everyday event like walking down the street becomes a supernatural explosion of creativity and healing.

I encourage you as a fellow artisan in the Kingdom to pursue the deeper life in God and in the Glory of His presence. Learn to flow in His rhythm and together we will see an army of artisans arise!


 Matt Tommey is the Founder / Executive Director of The Worship Studio and a professional basketry artist. He is also a musician and author of the book “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist: Fulfilling Your Creative Calling as an Artist in the Kingdom”.  You can see Matt’s basketry work at http://www.matttommey.com and purchase his book here.