Part 3: God’s Creative Process

August 24, 2012

(This is the third in a series of articles entitled DIVINE CREATIVITY that will present a Biblical apologetic and study on why people are creative. This series contains Scripture passages to read and questions to answer.  Recording your insights in a creative journal may be a valuable exercise.)

 >>Read Genesis 1 and 2  and make a list of everything you learn about how God creates.

While there are some aspects of how God created the world that we can’t copy (speaking physical entities into being, for instance) there are several principles in Genesis 1-2 that we can imitate.

The first is repeated six times: God worked within a 24-hour framework that He established from the beginning.  Whether you apply this to giving yourself a project deadline, determining a limited palate, or some other parameters, the truth is, limitations are an important part of the creative process.

The irony makes my spirit laugh!  That which seems to work against creativity is often the catalyst to greater expression.  I have begun to embrace limitations as a challenge to resolve the apparent clash between them and artistry.

>>What are some limitations that chafe your creative impulses?  What are some limitations you (or others) can impose on your work to force you to be more creative?

Another aspect we can copy from God’s creative process is His indistinction between beauty and function.  As God created the various aspects of the world, He combined the two: their function was essential, and their form was beautiful.  The lights in the sky determined the days, season, and years and glowed in brilliant beauty.  The plants fed Adam and Eve and provided a feast for their eyes.  Function did not disqualify beauty; both were valid.  Even today we see this inseparable combination in our fallen world.  The sun must still set to mark the day’s end, but the accompanying blaze of color transports its function into the realm of glory.

God also created lavishly and abundantly.  Not content with just one kind of tree, He created tree after tree by changing the leaf shape, the branching pattern, and bark texture.  Then he moved on from deciduous to coniferous to palm and to shrub before He began His “flowers” series, which was followed by his aviary phase and pachyderm period.

Each kind He created had numerous, and sometimes innumerable, variations.  Entomologists continue to discover new insects on jungle floors; marine biologists are still finding marvelous new species in the ocean depths.  Each unique organism is a pointer at God’s profuse imagination and ability, as well as His systematic approach, unveiling another seeming contradiction— that imagination and organization can not only co-exist, but influence and contribute to each other’s success.

>>What benefits are there to working in series?  What parts of your creative process would benefit from better organization?  List ideas and people with expertise in those areas who may be able to help you.

Next week: Deep Wisdom and Understanding

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