“To every man, in his acquaintance with a new art, there comes a moment when that which before was meaningless first lifts, as it were, one corner of the curtain that hides its mystery, and reveals, in a burst of delight which later and fuller understanding can hardly ever equal, one glimpse of the indefinite possibilities within.” (C.S. Lewis)
I am in awe of the manner in which we as humans have been granted the honor of creating. The Greatest One in all of ever, Who Created and Formed us, said “Let Us make them in Our Image,” and then God gave us the capacity for imitating all the Good Things of Himself. There is strong, unequivocal value that comes with simply Creating, whether with skill or otherwise, because it is an active expression of the Heart of God through our hands.
Where we Create, we embody a part of God that is definitive of every element of our existence—for without being the Creator, God is not God, and so there is Creation and the Created Creating.
The simple definition of Creating is to bring into existence, but as you go back in looking at the history of the word Create, you’ll notice that one of it’s important definitions is “to beget,” to bring forth from oneself. In Creating, we are giving a piece of ourselves to that thing. Something about us resides in the Created being. The mark of our individual craftsmanship is inescapable in what our hands and minds form because that is the nature of Creating. This is the imitation of God, Who in all that He Creates, births Life and Breath into it—He begets each one of us by His own Hands.
It is no wonder Jesus was a carpenter, working with His hands and stone to design and craft, make this mark through creating, on the things around Him. The word used to describe His position as a carpenter in the Bible is tekton, which is more accurately translated as “craftsman” or “builder” (according to Lifeway). Even in His earthbound time-restrained existence, God Himself was known for the way He poured Himself into the things He created. And we now have been chosen to emulate Him in His Creativity and Spirit-outpouring into Good Work.
“For they (art and music) are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” (C.S. Lewis)
This goodness and filling-up that comes from creating is an innate part of our inner being. Creating echoes the Kingdom of Heaven’s Good, Final Purpose. A lot of people will say how saturated the market is with creatives, but in saying that, we miss the point because every part of the market is manned by a creative. Whether it is in math and numbers, business and marketing, speaking and writing, drawing and painting, the essence of Creativity and Creation permeates through every title of our society because we cannot help but Create in every area in which we work.
We are never not Creating—we are Creating calm or chaos, order or disorder, fear or assurance, anxiousness or peace—our words, emotions, work, and temperaments Create worlds. Would all these things of our own Creation echo Heaven, and not the human disposition of fear and a desperate need for control. That is the beautiful thing about the arts, especially, they demonstrate something so out of our control or ability to articulate well, even if we are the artist. “We sit down before the picture in order to have something done to us, not that we may do things with it. The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender.” (C.S. Lewis)
Let us create boldly and with great humility toward the Expression and Heart of the Father Who gave us the insurmountable blessing of Creating and Creation in the first place.