...and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work. --Exodus 35:33
When our days unfold in patterns familiar day after day, it can feel as though creativity, imagination, inventiveness are obscure and distant. We can come to the conclusion that only those whose work is focused in the arts can ever feel the electrified charge of creating something out of nothing, of feeling the excitement of floating in the land of images and dreams, of feeling the wonder of untried possibilities forming in the mind. Surely those feelings cannot be experienced by a waitress or flight attendant, a computer programmer or assembly line worker, a parking lot attendant or police officer, a stay-at-home mom or administrative assistant. Those who work with raw materials like paint, stone, wood, gems, clay may have easier access to creativity, but they do not have a monopoly of it.
When God took the clay of earth and formed us we were created in the image of that same Creator. In other words, the creativity, imagination, and inventiveness that is the inherent character of the Creator was etched into our own being. It was stamped in our soul’s DNA as surely as the life coursing through our veins was made possible by the breath flowing through our lungs. We are creative, imaginative, inventive, and it is the Holy One’s purpose that we let that creativity, imagination and inventiveness be our own unique gift to life. The question is not whether it exists within us, but how aware you can be of it and how willing we are to uncover it and set it free in our life.
O God, as the pattern of every icy crystal is unique from every other one, let my life’s work spread out in tendrils of singular and endless creativity.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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