“God is an artist and he is beautiful. He has woven his image into the fabric of our lives, which explains our drive to create things which are beyond us and which we don’t always understand. Perhaps more important, he has issued a call to us that carries with it the possibility of obedience or disobedience: the call to respond to his beauty with creative worship. … God calls us to create a space in time for ourselves and others to meet with God, to gaze upon his beauty and to worship him.“
“Creativity is not about me. It is not about you. It is not us somehow acting like little gods, creating on our own in the same way God creates. Although he asks us to imitate him, we are not imitators of God in this dimension. The most we can hope for is to respond appropriately and creatively to who God is and what he means. Creativity is a response.”
We see the beauties around us, minute and immense, intimate and profligate, comforting and terrible. And there are the beauties we will never see, but which we know must be out there. These beauties can shape our creativity, focus our art, give us something to aspire to.
God is beautiful, and I think maybe my desire to create beauty in my own small way is a desire for God. I seek to bring God into my life by emulating Him, by exercising one of the ways I believe He created me in His image. My hunger drives me to use the special talents and skills which make me unique.
“The beauty of God demands a response from us. Maybe your response is a poem or a symphony. Better yet, your response might take the form of a new and creative way to show someone your love and God’s.”
“Time and space come together as we look at the stars, as we worship silently together in this most massive cathedral of the summer sky. Something in both of us aches and hungers and is not filled even in the presence of this awesome beauty. This is more than a hunger for beauty. It is at the same time a hunger for love, for acceptance – which, if you think about it long enough, you’ll realize is a hunger for God. For He is beautiful.”
We are made in such a way that we recognize and celebrate beauty. That beauty can make us yearn for God. It can make us seek to emulate creation in our own small ways. It can let us reach out to each other in love and touch each other’s lives and hearts. This is creative service, something I believe we are all called to.