Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there was a little girl. She loved to sing, read, draw, and write. In the heat of Alabama’s blistering summers, the woods behind her home became an enchanted forest. A creek transformed into a raging sea. Her neighbor’s roses concealed a secret fairy garden. Her rope swing, tied to an ancient oak, saved her from lava rivers and swamp gators. Each day was an adventure fueled by vivid imagination.Then life happened, growing happened, and parameters happened. She forgot about fairies, lava, and gators. But every now and then she would write, and people would respond. A teacher said, “You can write.” Later a professor said, “You should write for a living.” But she was scared and suppressed the words. Then, as an adult, a story came to her. In her excitement, she shared her idea with her boss, who said, “You shouldn’t write.” The story died and she buried the words.
But you know God is in the business of life – that whole creating-life and bringing-things-back-to-life thing. After rededicating her life to Him, He began resurrecting the words. Then, one day she met a wise woman named Cindy, who said, “You can write. You should join my writers small group.” So here I am, writing with the most amazing, inspiring, God-loving women.
Everyone is built differently. Some of us are traditionally creative or artistic. Others are creative problem solvers. However uniquely we’re made, we all have one thing in common. God made us in His image. Here’s who we reflect:
God is the ultimate creator. He is the maker of heaven and earth. He took nothingness and made something out of it, just by the breath of His word. He made light, stars, water, the atmosphere, the vast expanse of the universe, particles, butterflies, slugs, elephants, whales, people. All creatures large and small. He stamped each creation with His signature. Everywhere we look, He is there. In everything beautiful, He is there.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.
For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command. The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him.
The entire first chapter of the Bible is about God’s creativity and how He made us in His image. We are designed to create, make, and do. But sometimes we squelch what God put inside of us to do for Him, suppressing our passion to do what we’re created to do. So we trudge along, dull and gray, stiff and stoic.
What passions and dreams have you set aside? Why?
The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.
God understands you. He’s your Creator, after all. He knows what brings you joy. He knows what fulfills you. He knows what makes you tick. He knows you better than you know you. Perhaps today’s the day to ask Jesus to awaken your creativity and passion.
Jesus, for every reader, bring back to life the dreams you’ve planted in their hearts (Psalms 37:4). Awaken the passion in them for their purpose in life, and let everything they do glorify you. Everyone’s creativity isn’t the same, but it’s in there, waiting to burst forth to bring beauty and order to this fallen world. Fill them with your perfect love that casts out all fear (1 John 4:18) so they can go forth and do it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Vicky Cullison is a full-time wife, a full-time mother, a full-time creative project manager and most importantly a full-time lover and follower of Jesus. She’s also a full-time food lover, a full-time animal petter and a full-time encourager. When not doing these things, she attempts to write stuff. Click here to read her Breath on Paper Bio.