I seem to have an insatiable desire to create things. I love taking raw materials and forming them into something beautiful—fabric into a dress, a rubber block into a stamp, or wheat berries into a loaf of crusty artisan bread. I am constantly experimenting, looking for new ways to display beauty and creativity in our home.
My goal is not to impress people with the results of my work. It is not my ambition to show off my artistic accomplishments or cooking skills. My hope is that my work results in something beautiful—something that points to the beauty of the Creator or that inspires people to see beauty in this fallen world—but it is the process that I love.
Creativity points to the Creator. God is the true source of beauty; He made beautiful things out of nothing. His creation (though fallen and decaying) continues to display the radiance of His glory. Romans 1:19-20 says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” God communicates to us through His creation if our eyes have been opened to see His beauty in the things around us.
God designed the incredible mountains rising to the clouds, the colorful fields of wild flowers dancing in the wind, the tiny patterns on bugs and songs of the birds, the galaxies filled with stars, and the billions of beautiful people in the world. We bear the image of God and our creative attempts imitate the beauty in His creation. His creativity is extended through the creativity of His people. Each act of creative work by us, whether it be sewing a dress, designing a home, engineering a machine, cooking a meal, or coloring a picture, reflects the beauty and creativity of God to a small extent.
God enjoys the creative process as well. He could have created the earth in one breath, but He spent 6 days creating each part and looking back over His work to see that it was good. Butterflies are not born fully developed, seeds must root and grow over time, and children grow and learn over many years. When God captures our hearts with His irresistible grace, He does not transform our lives overnight but one day at a time.
Creativity is worship. God creates in process. His ways are good.
I make things, taking time to enjoy the creative process, to prompt gratitude in my heart for God’s daily grace and growth in my life and to cause me to reflect on the One who is beauty.
“The Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” (Psalm 96:5-6)