Do you consider yourself to be creative?
If I was asked that question my immediate response would be an emphatic NO!
At primary school I would make the obligatory needle case or pin cushion. I was, and still am, useless at drawing although I still love colouring pictures and patterns. At the Grammar school I remember taking a good term to make a dress and I hated art lessons. It didn’t help that my cousin was an exceptional artist who went on to become a professor of art and my younger niece is a very proficient artist with sales and commissions of her animal paintings.
So I don’t consider myself creative.
But then I thought about the question and things I do nowadays. I’ve made my own clothes since we married, initially out of necessity but now because I love sewing. I’ve sewn many cross stitch pictures. I’ve knitted cardigans and jumpers – I once even knitted Michael a picture jumper. But I still go to mum to finish something or sew something up for me!
I’m learning how to crochet – my sister sent me a set of crochet hooks and loads of wool from her own sheep for my last birthday – a special one!
I love jigsaw puzzles but woe-be-tide anyone who tries to put a piece in one that I’m putting together!
So maybe I am creative. One of my favourite TV programmes is Stargate SG1, a science fiction series. In one particular episode there was a clash between people living on a planet much like earth, a carbon based planet; and organisms from a sulphur based planet who were ‘terra-forming’ a new world. It was all about creation. Maya Angelou, an American poet and civil rights activist, wrote: You can’t use up creativity; the more you use, the more you have.
Surely the biggest and best form of creation, of creativity, is that of this world, this planet, this universe and beyond!
God is the creator. In John’s gospel we read: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, we read a creation story of how God created this world.
However it happened, isn’t our world a wonderful creation?