A Manifestation of The Spirit

by Shyla Hart 

“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.

For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,

but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with

groaning’s too deep for words.” 

(Romans 8:26)


Art has been a gift given to many to help express inner emotions too deep to speak with words.  For some, it is an expression of not only oneself, but of one’s innermost struggles.  This is what art is for me: A way to express myself when words fail me, or when my life’s struggles seem too much to handle.  It is an outlet for my darkest expressions.  Art has become a personal therapy for me in times of trouble.

My favorite forms of art are poetry and painting in all forms. When I find it difficult to express myself, I put it in a poem.  The words seem to flow freely for me.  I only tend to write poetry when I’ve fallen into the deep, dark pit of depression.

I was given poetry in my time of need–a way to express myself in a healthy way when I find it nearly impossible to talk to another human being.

Painting is another important outlet I have been given. It’s a way for me to express, not only the pain I feel inside, but the beauty that comes from it.  God has given me a promise that, no matter how many times I experience the darkness, He will always bring me back up for air.

Though you have made me see troubles,
    many and bitter,
    you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
    you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
    and comfort me once more.

(Psalm 71:20-21)

God did not promise a happy or easy life, but he did promise to always give us comfort.  Art is also a comfort to me, it gives me a sense of relief in the hard times.  Not only that, it has given me joy to see my art bring comfort to others.

Next time you are struggling, think about picking up that pen to write a poem, or a paint brush to express what you’re feeling.  These are tools we were given, a way for the body to bring truth, show comfort in pain, and a way for the Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf.

About The Author

Shyla Hart

writer, poet, artist. wanderer, pioneer, adventurer.

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