|I used to think of God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know Him.
But later on, when I met Jesus, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Jesus was in the back helping me pedal. I didn’t know just when it was He suggested we change, but life has not been the same since I took the back-seat to Jesus, my Lord. He makes life exciting. When I had control, I thought I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points.
But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at break-through speeds; it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it often looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!” I was worried and anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared”, He’d lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, my Lord’s and mine. And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found in giving I received, and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it, but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus.
And when I’m sure I just can’t do any more, He just smiles and says… “Pedal.”
The Bible tells us in the Book of Genesis:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Since God is the Creator, doesn’t it make sense that humankind, the children He made in His image, would also be creative? God gave us “dominion” over the world and blessed us with the instructions that we should “be fruitful and multiply.” This reminds me of the parable of the talents …. the master trusts his servants to be good stewards of what they have been given. I guess we could take these words superficially and say, well, we’re supposed to populate the earth and work diligently to receive a good return for our labor, but I think God meant for us to go beyond that.
God blessed each one of us with a unique personality and abilities. Some of us will be artists, writers and craftsmen, but creativity doesn’t stop there. We can all imagine creative ways to do what we love to do. There are creative parents, teachers, business owners and cooks. There are people who get creative about ways to be generous, ways to relate to different cultures, ways to invent useful gadgets. I think people feel most completely fulfilled when they’re getting creative about the things they find fascinating and enjoyable; the things God created them to do, to understand or to learn about.
What gets your creative juices going? What are the talents God gifted you with? Are you spending your time on them? If not, why not? Start now.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 8:6-8