“Creativity surrounds us, is within us, drives us, and creativity and the metaphor-making process makes us who we are in the image of God.” Dr. Gillette Elvgren
I heard a speech given by Professor Elvgren and found that it was a very profound and enlightening statement that illuminates so much of the inner urging we all have to do and express in a diversity of ways. As God’s creation, made in His Spirit and Image, we are uniquely wired toward creativity.
I was intrigued also by Dr. Elvgren’s conversation and observations with regard to his fellow congregants. The surgeon, the cook, the flamboyant dresser, are all recognized by him as examples of how we create in a so many ways. As I listened to this, I thought about my life and the ways I create and express creativity every day. Daily I have the opportunity to be creative in my marriage, in my parenting, teaching, writing, singing, and work. It is good to consider these things from time to time because as one created to dominate, multiply, and subdue the earth, I believe we sometimes forget the importance of expression and metaphor-making in our daily lives. I think this is especially true for Christians.
In the beginning, God created. This is the beginning of the first line of our most holy bible; the guideline for our own living and understanding. Solomon encouraged us to get wisdom and in all of our getting to get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 reads; “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” We as writers, actors, and more, do not have a monopoly on creativity, but within our own place and calling we have the mandate to create according to our giftedness, calling and passion. I believe that God gives us all a unique piece of this big picture called life and when we are not obedient to His call and will we leave a piece of the puzzle undone. That is a lot of responsibility but I believe it to be true. It is not that I am very important to God and the world, just that I have a role to play in this world. I am His ambassador, child, and heir. As such, my job (and pleasure) fuses the responsibilities of feeding His sheep and reconciling the world to God. I believe I am to do this in part by using my creativity in the arts to draw them nigh to Him.
I think that the Job 38 discussion is so important to every person because it magnifies our need to be reliant upon and yielded to the Spirit of God. When He was directing the moon where to hide until the morning and laying out the boundaries for the oceans deep, I was not there. He did that! Jesus is the One who created all things and who holds all things together (Colossians) but His same Spirit has come to live and dwell within me since my conversion and new birth. As He leads and directs me according to His call on my life, I believe I can through Him glorify Him while equipping, encouraging, and evangelizing His people through the gift of creativity.
I want to share some of the ways I believe the Lord has used me in creating over the years.
My first share– the daughters.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.