Born to Create.

‘I don’t have a creative bone in my body’ … something I’ve heard expressed many times.
Bearing in mind the first five words in the Bible are, “In the beginning, God created”, it is evident that God is ‘a creative’. As we are made in His image, wouldn’t it make sense that we’re all inherently creative too?

The making of a special meal for the family, creating a flower bed, composing an essay or designing a fitness program all require creativity. Creativity also comes into play when developing a computer programme, a sales plan, marketing strategy or teaching timetable.
The writers, musical composers and performers, the theatre players, dancers, storytellers, painters and sculptors, the photographers and media designers are generally seen as the ‘creative’ ones though. It’s easy, however, to confuse artistic ability with creativity and assume that if we can’t paint or draw, write a poem or act, we’re not creative.

The past year has provided many opportunities for creativity. We have created new ways of working, of relating to one another, doing church, getting together, and reaching out to those around us. Our God-given creativity takes our dreams and our imaginations and helps bring those dreams to birth. It involves the ability to think outside the box and not being afraid to make a mess or be less than perfect.

When we appreciate aesthetic qualities part of our more ‘artistic’ nature is being revealed. Maybe we all have an artistic streak inside us as well as a creative one? God is an amazing artist (just look at a magnificent sunset or a snowflake under a microscope) and as our Father, I’m sure He appreciates our artistic endeavours just as earthly parents enjoy their children’s creative artistic achievements. Even more so when we create for His glory.

When God gave instructions for making the Tabernacle (Exodus 25), He could have told the workers to just make a golden lampstand, but what He actually said was, “Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them.” It appears that God wanted the lampstand to be created artistically.

“(God) went beyond what was strictly necessary to add beauty to utility and form to function. Was the artistic detail of the lampstand for His benefit or ours? I think it was for both. Bearing his image, I’m sure we find beautiful what God finds beautiful, so we can both enjoy good art.” (John Pellowe -The Church and the Arts).

Let’s thank God for the creativity He has put in all of us and make use of it. Maybe develop the artistic talent we already have? Or how about attempting an artistic pursuit for the first time? Draw, sew, paint, compose, write … and don’t worry about the end product - however messy or imperfect.

Jenny Witchard