I realize that’s a little obvious, but I think it’s still worth acknowledging and reflecting on.
After all, saying that God is creative the way we understand creativity doesn’t quite do the reality justice, does it? I mean, the Creator of the Universe created the concept of creativity.
If you’re a creative person in one way or another (and I bet you are, whether you recognize and value this in yourself), it’s because God created you to be creative!
God made music. Not like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made music, mind you. God made music.
In 1983, rock band KISS declared that On the Eighth Day, God Created Rock and Roll. The song might have been a little blasphemous, but there’s a bit of truth there, too, I think. The idea of stringing notes and beat together; melody and harmony – that was God’s idea! And if He hadn’t thought of it, you can be sure we wouldn’t have either.
Ditto for literature and poetry and art and everything else that makes life beautiful.
And everything else, for that matter.
Every atom in the universe owes its existence directly to our God. Every shrub, every galaxy. Every blade of grass, every coral reef. The Grand Canyon. The Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Moff Tarkin (Yes, I suspect the Almighty had a hand in inspiring George Lucas to create Star Wars – well, the first three movies, anyway).
Thanks in large part to my friend Jim Newman’s Epiphany Project, I’ve been more aware lately of the absolute majesty of God’s creation. Every sunset, every cloud formation and every sunrise is a masterpiece. The jaw-dropping beauty of the Rocky Mountains – even if you have to look past the concrete jungle of downtown Calgary to see it. The Moon. The stars. Every hue of every shade of every color we can think of, and an infinite number more.
A dozen times in the past few weeks, I’ve noticed one of God’s ‘paintings in the sky’ and heard myself say, “Wow, Lord! How did You DO that?” What a Wild imagination our Father has!
God made possums and parrots and protozoa. Elephants and emus and eggplant. Moss and mollusk and walrus. Ferns and finches and larches. Weasels, eagles and beagles.
He created the universe and called it good.
And then he made you.
And He called it very good.
As I said in Water, Earth and Sky in 2011, the most beautiful vista you could imagine – celestial, terrestrial or submarine – wasn’t made in God’s image.
But you were.
And He thinks you’re breathtaking.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7
Peace be with you.