God’s Creativity

At Sandals Church we’ve been discussing Genesis and the creation of the world over the past 3 weeks or so. I always love Genesis because for me it shows God’s power in the most intense ways. After all, the greatest miracle ever performed was when He spoke the world into existence and everything in it. Without that miracle, the rest wouldn’t have ever happened and would have been unnecessary.

We all connect to God on different levels. Some of us see Him as the greatest Father (which He is). Some see Him as loving and compassionate, a helper and a comforter. He is all of that as well. I always think of God the Father as the Ultimate Artist.

This is for two reasons, really. The first, because He created this universe and everything in it. That is some serious creativity. God was able to make everything from nothing! Artists, artisans, cooks, bakers, seamstresses, and crafts people all get the opportunity to make something from existing materials and we get a huge feeling of release and accomplishment when we complete a project. For God, to have created from nothing has always blown me away! It amazes me daily that He can do such amazing things without the help of existing materials and we can’t make anything without help from tools, materials, plans (usually written to keep us from forgetting something important), etc. and what we create cannot do the amazing things His creations can do. I cannot create a tree. I can plant a seed that already exists in this world and give some love but I can’t just say, “Birch Tree!” and expect one to grow right there before my eyes. What an amazing God! (P.S. I think He started getting a little nuts when He chose the features for the platypus but whatever. His choice, not mine.)

But also, He is the Great Restorer. He restores us to him, taking the wretchedness of our lives and sanding, stripping away layers of unwanted color, staining, etc until we become what we were originally intended to be. Have you ever found something at a yard sale or just sitting in front of someone’s home that they don’t want and are hoping will be “stolen” (I don’t think it’s stealing if they want to get rid of it in this way)? Or have you found something that once belonged to an ancestor that you decide to fix up? I love that feeling of making something ugly or unwanted into something prized and beautiful. Can you imagine how that must make God feel? I think it must be a thousand times greater when we let Him restore us, His children to our intended beauty and purpose.

In many other religions multiple gods are needed to complete these things and most of those gods are created themselves. How much more impressive and more (in my opinion) realistic of someone labeled “GOD” to have never needed creating and to be able to accomplish so many things without aid from another god.

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~ by Rose on 17 October 2009.

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