Spring is my favorite time of year. The wind is like a gentle caress, warm and soft. Celebration is in the air as the earth demonstrates something new and delightful every day from the blooms on the trees to the flowers coming up in the slowly, warming soil. In spring, color returns to the earth. The air smells better, and there is a promise of fruitfulness as we prepare our yards and gardens for the future bounty.
For me, spring is experiencing God as the Creator.
In Romans 1:20a, Paul speaks about people recognizing that there is a God through his creation:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen…
Personally, I think it takes a lot more work to deny a Creator’s hand in the making of beautiful places in nature. I think we unconsciously give praise to a God who appreciates and gifts us with landscapes, flowers, and other lovely things when our breath is taken away in awe.
Another aspect of experiencing God as a Creator is in creating itself. I love to create things. I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. My parents always gave me a place to plan, plant, and nurture gardens. I was given a chalk drawing kit once, and I learned how to use chalk to draw in a three-dimensional way, using dark and light. When I took Home Economics, (something no longer offered in schools) I quickly caught on to sewing and began to challenge myself in creating objects – clothing for me, clothing for dolls, small gifts for family and friends. In eighth grade, I learned how to knit and found it amazing that long, fuzzy string could be turned into afghans, gloves, and scarfs. I even look at my children with a sense of sheer joy when I think I had a part in creating them.
Creating becomes a partnership with God and, in turn, an experience with God as the Creator.
When I create something, I feel a fellowship with God and an understanding of how he reacted in the first chapter of Genesis:
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
In Life without Lack, Dallas Willard writes, “When God created us in his image, he created us with the power to act and to create. That is the image of God in man and woman.”
Of course, our creative powers are limited whereas God’s are not, but still, there is a sense of giddiness and wonder when something I create comes out beautiful. Or when I give something I created away and am delighted when the person is pleased by the gift. There is this bond with God, sharing his joy not only in the creation, but in the giving.
Sometimes in my creative energy, things didn’t turn out as I dreamed with too large gloves and too small jumpers, but the pleasure in finishing the project always outweighed any disappointment with the object itself.
When something doesn’t work out quite like I imagined, I can identify with his grief that is reflected in his question to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:
What is this you have done?
Not that I don’t love what I have created, but I am disappointed by the fact that it will not be the blessing I hoped it would be.
Sometimes I give myself an assignment. Find God today. Where is he making himself known to me? It becomes a Spiritual Practice of sorts, as I look for an experience of God. Often it is through nature, the budding trees, the beautiful flowers, a stunning landscape. Sometimes it is in sitting down and planning, then sewing yoga bags for friends. And at other times, he makes himself known through people – a smile from a stranger, the giggling of a baby, the kindness of someone – all have a way of validating God as Creator in the world.
So I experience God as the Creator with a reminder through his creation, a fellowship in creating, and a practice while looking for God in the midst of his creation.
How do you experience God as the Creator? Where is he making himself known to you?