How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! (Psalms 19:1 GNB)
Some years ago, my husband and I sat in our campsite in Africa, miles from civilization, and stared in awe at the night sky. The sky seemed darker, the stars brighter and far more numerous than when we looked up from our home in the city. I knew that, according to people who study the heavens, there are over a hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone—and new ones developing all the time. How can I begin to relate to the God behind such creation?
Yet Genesis 1:27 tells me that when God created human beings, He made them to be like himself. There is no way my finite mind can comprehend anything as vast as God’s creation, yet I do share one similarity. I share His desire to create.
My friend, a potter, turns lumps of clay into beautiful pots and ornaments. The carpenter creates elegant pieces of furniture and delicate trophies. The artist captures scenes of beauty on canvas and the musician turns notes and rhythms into magnificent sounds. The novelist, the short-story writer and the poet all use words to create stories and ballades that transport the reader into another world. Non-fictional writers inspire, encourage and teach their reader no matter where they live. We use the words we have learned through the years to create new worlds and explanatory material.
Indeed, the magnitude of God’s creation exceeds our wildest imagination. Yet when He made us in His image, He gave us a little touch of an amazing gift—the gift of creation.
PRAYER: Loving Creator God, when I look at the night sky I catch a fleeting glimpse of Your eternal Kingdom. Thank You for the creative gifts You have given me. As I sit down to write, help me to remember I’m following Your example. May my writing, whatever the genre, in some tiny way reflect Your glory and show Your love for the people You created. Amen.
Psalm 8:3-9 When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places—what are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them? Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honor. You appointed them rulers over everything you made; you placed them over all creation: sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas. O LORD, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!