Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Musings - Beginnings & Creativity

The word "Genesis" means "the origin or coming into being of something." It is also the name of the first book in the Bible, which starts with the words "In the beginning God created." Later in that first chapter of Genesis, we learn that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."

Therefore, since we are created in the image of The Creator, we are all creative! This is one of the facts that I like to share in my Bible Journaling workshops, and then I share examples of how I've illustrated this first chapter of Genesis in several Bibles.


As you can see, each of these pages illustrates Creation, although they vary in design and products used. However, the important thing about these pages is not which design is "better" or which one best uses the latest products or even which one is the "most complete" - the important thing is that as I worked on each of these illustrations, I spent time meditating on the fact that "In the beginning God created!" In fact, from nothing (a void with no form), He created the beautiful world that we live in today. And then He created us in His own image!

Sometimes the scriptures we are most familiar with or have heard often become simply words on a page and we don't take time to think about and appreciate the meaning behind those words. I can quote the first few verses of Genesis without much thought, but when I take time to really think about the story those words tell, I cannot help but once again stand in awe of the creativity of the Lord and be filled with gratitude that He placed that creativity inside each of us!

How have you used your creativity lately?

3 comments:

Susanne said...

What a fabulous post to read on Sunday a.m. before early church. God bless you, Melissa.

Missus Wookie said...

The process and the changes with you as you do the mindful creating is such an important part of this. Lovely to see how you've illustrated these.

Becky said...

This was a lovely post to read and I really like how you have done your illustrations.