When we create, we reflect our Creator.
God designed a beautiful garden as the starting point for our lives here on earth. Filled with trees not only good for producing food, but also delightful in appearance, Eden surrounded Adam and Eve with beauty.
God did not intend for them to remain in the garden however. In one of the first commands ever given to people, “Fill the earth and subdue it,” (Genesis 1:28) God clearly anticipated our need for exploration and adventure. God expected us to move beyond Eden, to discover, develop and design. After all, since we display the likeness of God in our beings, would we not also demonstrate it in our actions?
Our Creator gifted us with an abundance of raw materials. Father God planned for us to be both recipients and purveyors of beauty. God intends for us to imagine and create.
Cities, mathematical equations, stories, songs, architecture, astronomy, dance, gymnastics, glass-blowing, perfumes, recipes, biology, ships and sailing, aircraft and flying, painting, pottery, how to build a great bonfire … there is no end to the wonders God provides for us to discover, nor to the creations He grants us to make.
We all function as sub-creators, in both big and small ways.
In The Book Thief, Max (a Jew, who is hiding from the Nazis in Liesel’s basement) asks Liesel to describe the day for him. Max cannot enjoy the common sights of sun, sky and clouds. Liesel, who has received these beauties, creates a picture in his mind with her words. Offering beauty to Max engages Liesel’s creativity. She produces beautiful phrases as a result.
God created the days. Liesel observed His work. She then created another form of beauty by describing the day for Max.
Where do you see people acting as sub-creators?