“If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. Turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him. Your creative mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You will begin to see that your thoughts are from God as well, and your mind will no longer be at the mercy of your impulsive thinking, but will always be used in service to God.” [From Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost For His Highest.]
This snippet from My Utmost For His Highest embodies how I perceive creativity – as the flow of God’s Presence through me as I place myself before Him.
I can do that through using art as a means of entering into Divine Presence – a silent centering with intentional receptivity of Divine input. If making art is reckoned as a tool for contemplation, then it is not an idol – itself the focus and obsession – but only a tool, wherein that greatest gift – creative mind – is surrendered to the Divine Mind, the gift offered to the Giver.
This can also be true of writing, or creating music, or probably other art forms as well. I only speak from the perspective of my experience with the art forms with which I’m familiar. Certainly there is the framework of understanding a bit of something of spelling, grammar, or how to read music for example – the nuts and bolts aspects. Even so there is a natural “built in” attraction, a desire which also is spun from God, to want to learn how to use the nuts and bolts.
Or they can be likened to a flute – a hollow reed – through which the breath of God goes forth to beautify, bless, enrich, and enliven both the observer – hearer and the vessel through whom they are sent into life.
Creativity is not always “restricted” to the arts. It may flow through as inspired ideas or solutions to problems in refreshing ways, perhaps never before made known. It can come through dreams, since sleep is the one place we’re at rest and still, unbothered and freed from the mundane cares of everyday life. But all creativity is in the Infinite Mind of the Supernal Creator where exists every possibility. We’re invited to ask and receive. So we can affirm with confidence that with God all things are possible, and in God nothing is impossible.
And this is a foremost characteristic of creativity, that its seed is within every Human Being in some form, waiting for its time and season to be acknowledged, brought forth, and nurtured into fulness. This is the Creator’s image within us yearning for unfolding.
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