What Creation Tells Us About Ourselves and God
Been reading and thinking lately about the Creation.
The other week, my sister called and asked me, “Why did you have a daughter?” And this launched a long discussion about the impulse to create. I asked, “Why does a painter paint, or a writer write, or a builder build?”
We decided there’s something about the creating, the painting, the writing, the building, that is inherently valuable. It’s about expressing life and expressing self. And as God’s creations, we are expressions of Him — which is really a beautiful concept when you think about it.
Anyway, I jotted down some thoughts on the subject yesterday and thought I’d share them here. They’re fairly disorganized, just a few scattered paragraphs, but I figured they might be worth exploring…
God is a Creator-God.
He creates a physical world in physical space.
He creates systems and processes and laws and intricacies which work in perfect harmony to support, sustain, and perpetuate Life of all varieties, shapes, and sizes.
He creates creative beings who create, who then create, who then create, who then create, who then create — for God is a God of Life.
Life for Its Own Sake.
In the Garden, God gave man the Breath of Life — and this is what it means to be made in His image.
Every act of survival, of artistry, of sexuality, of evolution, of industry, of ingeniousness — no matter how corrupt, no matter how depraved — is an expression of that Breath within us.
It is our longing for Life — for Life longs for Itself — the way God longs for us — and we long for Him.
(Even when we don’t know it.)