I've always been a little weirded out by the idea of a "muse", you know the supposed spiritual-ish source of inspiration for artists. I tend to associate it with paganism and fake spirituality - a fiction at best, a denial of God's glory and inspiration at worst.
But lately I'm starting to wonder if there's somewhat of a truth to it. I say this because I know that my own writing (for myself, not the "required for class" kind) sort of comes in fits and starts. Some of that is related to my schedule, of course, and when I manage to find time for myself, and what I'm thinking and feeling and passionate about.
But it also seems that some of it is related to the people I spend time with. Just in the last month or so, I've realized that being with certain individuals makes me desire, or even feel compelled, to write. Not in a crazy "OMG this is insane and I have to write it down right now so the whole world can hear me" kind of way. No, in a kind of way that says, "I am confident in who I am, and what I believe, and what I've been gifted to do, and I'm going to do it now." In a way that unwittingly nurtures me and my gifts and call, and that softens my rough edges without suppressing who God made me to be.
If our gifts are to be used for the building up of the body of Christ, could not the body of Christ build up our gifts? And could not certain specific relationships, grounded in and led by the Holy Spirit, do so to a greater degree than others?
Maybe "muses", for Christians, don't have to be about pagan spirituality from which we run screaming. Maybe they are people on this earth, given to us for a specific and significant reason, through whom the Lord works powerfully to inspire the nurturing and use of our gifts - not for our glory, or their glory, but for His glory.
Lord Jesus, lead me in the paths of righteousness, for your name's sake.