Julia Cameron once wrote in The Artist’s Way, “Creativity—like human life itself—begins in darkness.” This aptly describes the process where ideas lay dormant, waiting for the right moment to emerge. When that moment arrives, an artist, regardless of their medium, becomes a creator, forming a unique bond with the ultimate Creator.
Creativity, however, is not solely reserved for artists. It is a gift bestowed upon all of us, regardless of our vocations. We are all capable of creating, be it in our gardens, kitchens, or any other aspect of our lives. Experiencing the joy of transforming nothing into something brings delight, wonder, and excitement.
For instance, the pleasure of growing vegetables in our garden and incorporating them into a home-cooked meal is a simple yet meaningful creative act. Despite varying opinions among family members, there is undeniable magic in the act of creating a nourishing meal from scratch.
Conversations about creativity can take place anywhere – online spaces, neighborhood gatherings, or even at church. Every time, the creator acknowledges the Creator, reflecting on the divine origin of creativity. As children of God, we are called to embrace our imaginative and inventive nature.
Madeleine L’Engle’s words in Walking on Water resonate with this idea: “Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts or having some kind of important career.” As image-bearers of God, creativity is an inherent part of our being. When we recognize this divine aspect, it manifests in the mundane moments of our lives.
We were embracing God’s call to create and foster a holy, healthy fear of the Lord within us. As image-bearers of the Creator, we cannot create alone. God’s divine guidance is present in all our creative endeavors, from the written word to our everyday tasks.
The psalmist David, as he sang his heart out to God, must have known the exhilaration of embracing the imago Dei and the creativity that comes with it: “Who is the person who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose” (Psalm 25:12).
By embracing God’s vision for our creative lives, we discover more of His love, goodness, and creativity within us, as well as the holy fear that holds it all together. Let us celebrate and cherish this divine gift, which has the power to enrich and illuminate our lives in countless ways.