Some things speak to us, stand out.
Some things speak to us louder than others. A nature walk can speak volumes. The other day I was listening to a digital music channel, and it added a song to my list that was new. I didn’t recognize the voice and the words but loved it. It drew my attention. I actually stopped my workout and wrote the name down of the song for further discovery. Have you had that experience?
What is your first reaction?
Have you bitten into a delicious dish at a friend’s and said, “wow, this is amazing.” You start trying to describe the ingredients. Then you ask, “where did you get the recipe? Did you make this yourself?” You know that the one that created this dish had really thought about it. You could almost taste the love.
Have you ever seen a painting that touches your soul? What is your first response? You look for the artist’s signature. When you hear a fantastic turn of phrase? Who wrote that? There is something within us that knows and sees creativity, and you are driven to ask more questions. It is natural to ask who made this? Where did this idea come from? This is excellent, inspired. The Bible tells a similar story of some wise men that came to meet Jesus.
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Life is not Random
Secularists want us to believe in random creation. That is unnatural and goes against our design. We look at babies to see the parents or grandparent’s eyes or toes. We look at the stars and mountains and think, “who created this?” It is appropriate to ask, who made this beautiful cake? Just as it is logical to ask, is something greater involved in the creation of this world? I believe I am at my most creative when God inspires and helps me?
The Wise Men were Looking for Answers
They came because they had seen something in nature. When they saw the star in the night sky they wanted to know who’s star? It was natural to look for answers. The scriptures gave some. Probably tradition too. Jesus is the answer.
Watch today for the creative products around you and give the people involved a high five or way to go. Look for the people who solve problems because that takes creativity. It always feels good to be recognized. Give them permission to rest after a big creative project. After all, In Genesis chapter 3, God recommended a refreshing break. (By the way, thank God for His handiwork too.)
Prayer for today. Lord, help me to recognize the creative products around me and celebrate. When I need to be creative, please whisper in my ear. I welcome your help and inspiration. God, please give me rest when I need it most.