Characteristics of God Part 1
I feel as though this is a topic not discussed as much as it should. We often in the Christian community talk about how we are called to be imitators of Christ ( Ephesians 5:1-2) but before we can do that we must first know who God is. There are many facets to who He is and I’ve personally come to know different parts of his character at different times of my life.
-when I felt lost and hopeless He showed himself to me as my savior
– when I was ashamed and felt unworthy because of things I had done He came to me as my redeemer
– When I put all my hope in boys who broke my heart He taught me He is my healer and my first love
In the next few blogs I’m going to be talking about a few of these different characteristics that God has taught me or is still teaching me about himself, and how those affect us, who we’re meant to be and who we are.
My first topics is about God as creator (Genesis 1:1) He is the OG creator. In the beginning… God created. If this is the first thing God did why do we so often glance over it? We write off creating maybe thinking oh, I’m not artistic or creative, but with narrow minds we miss the point. There is such a wide territory of creating and what you probably don’t realize is that you are doing it everyday! Some are creating masterpieces of art, others are writing and creating stories, and yet there are others who creating messes, or pain. The definition of create, is to cause something to come into being. Let me tell you why this is important, since creating is in our DNA I’m realizing we are always creating and if we aren’t creating something good then we’re creating something bad. You see just as Christ creates things of light and life, the devil is a con with his imitations, he creates things of darkness and destruction. I believe this, because we have this built into us the urge to invent, design, formulate things all around us We have a calling to pay attention to our need to create and find healthy ways to express it.
In my own life this has been a fairly fresh topic, even though it’s something that has always been inside of me. I heard this quote not long ago “Where I create there I am true” and it struck me. After going through a season of life where I felt numb partially because of my circumstances, my eyes began to open to the idea of creating for once outside of the art context that I had always seen it in. I started to see that it is a part of living. Even everyday things like cooking is a form of creating, which helped me realize the negative aspect too. As you can see I normally write. It is my biggest and most frequent form of creating, specifically in the realm of poems. During this season though, my writing inspiration had dried up. So without conscious thought I began to create other things in it’s place, specially bad things because of this hard season. Have you ever done this, brought stress upon yourself when it’s not from an outside source? That was me I generated stress, I established poor relationships, produced pain in other’s lives, I also built a wall of numbness where I could shut everyone and everything out. That way I didn’t have to think about the pain I felt. Because I created those things I was truly there, and I stayed there.
Then the Lord began to show me other ways to create, but do you know why creating helped me ? Because when we are making things with our own hands, our own minds, we see Christ through it. I for years hated attempting art because I felt I was awful at it, but guess what in that time where I couldn’t write God instructed me to paint. I wish I could say it’s one of those stories where I started and it actually turned out amazing and everyone loved it and now I’m a famous painter… it didn’t. In fact I messed up A LOT and very quickly, but instead of my normal discouragement I loved it. For once I saw how it was a picture of how God makes these perfect masterpieces. But I’m not perfect and my art reflects that. Just like God wants His art to reflect Him I had created something that reflected me. My messiness and love of color, all of it reflects me. Can you see how that gives life ? How creating helps me see who I am when I forget because it shows me who He is. Now that’s only one example but I know there are millions of things God is teaching people about themselves and Himself through creating, from film making to gardening, building to sewing. I don’t know the many ways you create, but whatever they are (and I know you have lots) take some time and see how God is trying to teach you through them. Also take some time and asses “what am I creating?” Are they things of light and life, or are they things of darkness and destruction?
God created you to create. You’re not perfect so your creations won’t be either, but choose to find comfort in that, not frustration. Please don’t miss your calling to create, don’t miss your calling to truly BE in that place. Creating matters, because it has the power to hold up a mirror and show us who we are, who we want to be, and who we are meant to be.