Dr. Willard speaks of God’s creativity. One need not look any further than Genesis to see God being creative.
But the big debate always has been, how did he do it?
Scientists have tried to come up with a practical and literal interpretation of Genesis but Dr. Willard does not worry about that. He just says God spoke the world into existence.
“Let there be light” is God making light.
God is God. He has no concern for the limitation of earthly structure.
As humans we have to do more than that. I can’t say in a dark room “let there be light” and light occurs. I have to strike a match to a candle, flip a switch or maybe clap [if I have a clapper, you know the “clap on; clap off” remote control device].
On the other hand, God is not inhibited by the need to use structures. God “dictates the structure and order of all things.”
Where is man in his highest creative state? Dr. Willard says “in his creative voluntary motions of the body and in his creative voluntary thoughts.”
Why is this important?
It is explained here: “A realization of how our own thoughts (inner words) translate themselves into an act of creation is absolutely vital if we are to gain any concrete sense of God’s rule through His word. Only if we have some understanding of what it means for his word to act will we have any grounds for believing that God can have a personal relationship with us.”
This is the creative intersection that can occur between us as human beings and God.
Creativity is an amazing thing.
I was reading a handout from an artist just yesterday. She gave it to me to encourage me to be creative. It was about a sculptor. This person was at an open air street fair and he was working with his clay and making pots. Countless people were coming by his station and watching him. As he worked he listened to their comments and was astounded by the huge percentage of people who said things like “I can’t do that.” “It must take a special talent to do that.”
It takes two things we all have: creative voluntary motions of the body and creative voluntary thoughts.
Why don’t we see that?
Life gives us pictures that we begin to believe. We are told our pencil drawing is trash. We play our piece on the piano and we stumble through it and no one is there to encourage us to continue practice. We give it up. We compare ourselves to others and they are so much better. Their talent is phenomenal; ours is abysmal.
Eventually we say things to ourselves like “I have no talent.”
We believe it.
We are told as Christians to be “of the world but not in it.” What that phrase means is to value God and live a holy life. Don’t value the world. The world is hard on creative people. One might say that the world does not value creativity.
But God does.
The joy you get from snapping a photo of a beautiful sunset is the joy of God. The joy you get from sketching a bottle is the joy of God. The joy you get from writing a poem is the joy of God as well as the smooth dance move, the beautiful notes on the clarinet, the new recipe for stew, and the design of your landscape.
Creativity is not just something we should take for granted.
Creativity is the special moment when we can interact with God.
What kinds of picture have you placed on the walls of your mind? What has life told you about yourself? Are you buying into others views of you?
Pray for God to help you cast those off.
It won’t be easy. Change is never easy. Many of us are carrying around negative feelings that have been in place for many years.
It will be worth it to cast those off.
In the photograph, the sketch, the poem, the dance move, the notes, the recipe, and the design…
You can spend some special time with God.
I say that is worth it.