… it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish which I purpose…– Isaiah 55:11.
Isaiah is talking about his words, accomplishing what he intended, but the phrase “which I purpose” strikes me as one of those phrases that can mean a lot more. When we engage in activity such as writing, cooking, painting, serving, we may intend to accomplish one thing, but God takes over and we accomplish another.
I have been writing the Pew for over fifteen years now, and I am constantly amazed when I hear from a reader how something I have written has affected them. More often than not my words and meaning were not even close to the way the reader interpreted, but they had an extremely positive effect. I know of painters who will say all the time that people see in their paintings things they never intended.
Isaiah talks about an intended purpose, but perhaps the lesson here is to go about using our creative gifts, and let God use them in his/her way.