Creativity has been a recurring theme in my life lately.
My friend, Jann, who I believe to be one of the most creative/artistic people I know (she is definitely one of the funnest – real word), shared a story of a time someone expressed that she did not have an artistic bone in her body. Okay – those are my words, but it was close to that. She shared this story in the process of encouraging others to spread their wings and attempt art in a new way. Jann creatively expresses her faith by Bible journaling and teaches others to do the same. You can check out her website here. Scroll to the bottom of that page to see some of her art. She can create!!!
A couple of weeks ago I was able to go to a women’s event with some sweet ladies God has brought into my life. He really gives good gifts (a blog for another day). As the speaker was sharing some of the attributes of God, she pointed out that as image bearers of God, we are all creative beings with the ability to create. We can create!!
My honey and I had the opportunity to get away with some friends for a few days and explore part of our new state. One day, the wives went to a painting lesson where we created a nice winter scene with the help of our wonderful teacher, Stephanie. Now, I will not be painting for money anytime soon, but it was so much fun to start with a blank canvas and see it transformed into something new. And, although all 6 of us in the class painted the same basic scene, each one was unique. We created!!
As I have been pondering each of these experiences, my heart always lands on the One who makes our creating possible – THE Creator.
“All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” – John 1:3
While on our get away, my honey and I were able to see much of God’s creation in the nature around us. I was thankful to get away and take time to admire His creation. Oh, how creative He is, and how kind He is to share it with us.
As I took in the beauty of His creation, I was overcome by His glory and majesty. I was overcome by the gospel.
God created a perfect world that fell into sin and darkness. The people God created didn’t want him – they loved the darkness (John 3:19). But, because of God’s love, he sent Jesus to gather a people for Himself. Jesus purchased redemption for His people on the cross. And all who receive Jesus by faith are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
The Creator of the universe made a way. How wild is this!?!?
Take some time to see God’s creation around you.
Take some time to marvel that the Creator of the universe has made a way for rebellious people to be made right and have a relationship with Him.
Take some time to give thanks – I know I am.