It is a God given wish of all humans to create…each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, you see, part of you becomes part of your creation.
There is an inner spirit in each of us, created by our Triune God, the Holy Spirit, this inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move us to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it a creative essence in each of us that “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!
Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed the character of the writer and their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.
When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”
A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.
Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. Black, white, yellow or red…male or female…we are all created in His image. Don’t fall for the “cultural quick-sand” of race & sex division, most often used politically by selfish sides for their power, not their resolution. You don’t create and then set aside or destroy a masterpiece. God is reaching out to you now; He wants to see how His “mankind poem”, His very fine workmanship has turned out. Won’t you turn to Him and say, “thank you Lord for first loving me, so now I wish to love you Lord.”