Creativity 002: Establishing A Beautiful Friendship
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
God was the first and is the Ultimate Creator… and we are made in His image. When we create something, anything, we have the opportunity to revere the Lord in a more meaningful way, establishing a deeper relationship Many years ago, I was diagnosed with a pain syndrome known as RSD. It was not fun in any way. Standard pain medications didn’t help, and insomnia was a bear. During my quest for healing and coping, I stumbled upon a study that claimed art and creativity was a viable biofeedback tool, which helped people deal with chronic pain.My thought at the time…. whatever works. Today, I realize that God was guiding me towards wellness – or better yet, towards wholeness. Despite the anguish and the multiple diseases and pain, I still indeed seek Him in the beauty that is life. Oh, my goodness, I just had a serious epiphany – creating was God’s very first act that we know of in scripture. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1We also know that we are created for His pleasure, (Revelations 4:11) and that all things are created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). There for it’s reasonable to believe God is a creative being, and so are we. It’s also reasonable to think that if our hearts are fixed upon Him, creativity is a way of honoring and worshiping Him. I’ve heard people claim they’re not creative in any way, shape or form. I beg to differ. That’s not to say that your creativity and my creativity are the same, they do not have to be… and they shouldn’t be. I think God has such a deep purpose within each one of us, that only He can harness for His glory.Our relationship with Jesus only strengthens as we seek to grow in truth and honor Him with our life and talents. Over the years, I’ve embarked on many creative tangents. Most of them with no outcome other than the experience and time invested in the project. I now understand that even the moments that I deem as failure, He uses for glory. We may not be able to paint like Rembrandt or compose like Bach, but their talents and gifts were unique to them and their circumstances. The same holds true for us. We each have God’s fingerprint upon our life, and each one of us has the ability to create something beautiful, in our eyes. And yes, we will be our own worst critic, which is one of the many lies of the enemy. Be very careful as to which thoughts you entertain and deem as reasonable. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In all honesty, creating should be for His eye.
That friendship, that relationship, that closeness with the Creator is the best blessings, the best beauty, ever. Whatever you end up making will be a reflection of His love within you, when you seek Him first.I must disclose here; anything can be an act of worship when our focus is correct.Set a little time aside to embark on an adventure to create and find beauty in your life, growing in the love of Jesus. No one else will do it for you.
My next post (coming this week) – Inspirare My Creative HeArt, Oh, Lord – Art Journaling 101, is a perfect place to begin.