One of my first paintings, but just felt it right for this month's blog - enjoy!
'We're going to the mooon!'
So, with a cardboard box, a cone for the top fashioned from paper, paper triangles to steady the rocket when it lands on the mooon..........'We're nearly finished making it.....' Oh, the excitement! Jumping up and down, clapping and laughing. Then my young granddaughter suddenly stopped and said, 'But nana, how will I get in?' Of course, we need a door! So the bottom of the tube-like box is undone. Plenty of space for a little person. We need provisions: a fluffy pink handbag with little girl essentials, a set of very small cymbals (?), crayons and notepad (very important), a small cake and a favourite friend. We're ready to go! The joy of a three-year-old's imagination!
That same excitement is captured in the Bible when the Lord speaks to Job:
'Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Tell me if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set
or who laid its cornerstone -
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7 NIV)
Wow! What an amazing picture of our Creator God at work, with singing and excitement going on all around Him! The pinnacle of the Lord's work though, was in creating man. In the first book of the Bible, in Genesis, after God had created the earth and the cosmos and found it all to be 'good', we read this:
'Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
So God created man
In His own image,
in the image of God
He created him;
Male and female
He created them.' (Genesis 1:26-27 NIV)
We get a bit more insight a little later:
'The Lord formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.' (Genesis 2:7 NIV)
This wasn't a chance moment of creating man. This was intentional. God had an idea - 'Let us make man.' Then comes the moment when God gets His hands dirty - scooping up dust to create and form the man 'in His own image.' If you've ever watched a fine craftsman potter or sculptor of clay at work, you'll get this picture. This took time, refining and perfecting the finished work. But this wasn't going to be a statue on a plinth, God had a very real purpose for this being. He was to be responsible as steward for the beautiful earth God had made. So we read God 'breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.' This was an intimate moment. The first thing the man saw was God. And God was well pleased with His created works. We read, 'God saw all that He had made and it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31 NIV)
Right now you might be reading this and thinking, 'Rosa, that's a great story!' and leave it. But others of you might be thinking, 'There's something in that. I get ideas too.' Whatever you think, the fact is creativity is in our DNA. The saying goes, 'Like father, like son.' Just think, everything around us started with an idea that was then formed and made. The Creator God who created in the past is still creating and will continue to create into the future, many times using us, His created beings.
Anything created starts with an idea or even a heart-felt longing for better or different.'It shouldn't be like this. If we did it this way.......' We've been given a responsibility to continue that creativity, but so often, maybe way back in our childhood, the ideas and imagination that was, was suddenly put on shut down, never to recover. The conformity that takes over in adulthood, the storms and trials of everyday living take over.
What happened to that idea that you had all that while ago? Does it still stir emotions within you? Isn't it time to release it and create what you have in mind? Remember - only you can do it, as you've been given the idea! What's stopping you?