The Creative Process – Day 66
“Then God said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.” – Genesis 1:9-13, NKJV
Creative people know that chaos often precedes a work of art. Inspiration starts with a hodgepodge of stuff that appears disorderly. As the process of creation continues, beauty unfolds, until finally the creative work is birthed. At its inception a work of art looks ignoble, but when finished it has the mark of dignity. I experience this chaos when I clean my office. In the middle of cleaning it looks more cluttered than when I started. But by the end it is neat and orderly. Hallelujah!
At this point the heavens have been created, but the earth is still in its embryonic stage—it is still immersed in water. Now comes the time for its birth! The birthing happens in the same way the heavens were created: through the dividing of the waters. The waters are gathered into one place and the dry land appears. If God did not divide the waters, life would be impossible, the planet would be uninhabitable. As we will see in the next post there is a message in the dividing of the waters. It teaches us how God creates.
In all of our lives God is at work creating. That process at times will look messy before the beauty appears. Do you and I have the courage to let God do his work? Will we trust him in the process? He wants to birth new things in our lives and bring something forth from us that will astound the wise.
Prayer: Father, I need courage in the process of creation. I acknowlege you are creating me, my family and church. At times it looks messy, but you have an end goal in mind. You’re not going to leave us in a mess. Give me vision so I can have hope through the process, in Jesus’ name.