GOD creates. That is what He does because that is who He is. We see His creativity through the seasons of the years. Spring passes to summer that passes to autumn that passes to winter. Each season is an expression of new colors and climates. We see His creativity in the birth of children. Every single day, thousands of children breathe their first breaths due to the creative nature of GOD. And animals, including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, are born every single day of the year, expressing the creative nature of GOD. New plants take root in forests and jungles all around the globe because of GOD’S creativity. He did not create a universe that was stagnant. Instead, it is a universe that has creativity written all over its DNA. GOD created a universe that grows and changes and creates. It expresses His creative nature.
GOD’s universe is capable of creating life even where destruction has ruined everything. Perhaps you have heard of fireweed. When wildfires spread and destroy forests, this flower begins to grow and restore vegetation. During World War 2, the plant became widespread in Great Britain because it would grow in craters caused by bombs. When Mt. St. Helens in Washington erupted in May 1980, fireweed began appearing around the mountain within just a few months. Fireweed is a reminder of the creativity of GOD. When everything seems to be destroyed and forever gone, GOD is still creating. He is making something new out of nothing.
I did not realize a very important principle in the re-shaping creative process of GOD: a new future requires new thoughts. Just like the remodeling of our kitchen, my life needed to be turned upside-down. GOD wanted to create something new inside of me. The old way of thinking always takes us to the old way of living; therefore I needed a new way of thinking. And it was a deep, significant work, more than I ever imagined that I needed. Read the Message paraphrase of Ephesians 3:20:
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or
guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around
but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
GOD wanted to do immeasurably more in me than I even knew to ask. I could not ask for it because I could not conceive what He had in mind. In order for me to grasp His purposes, He had to change me at the core of my being. He had to change my thought life. It was a significant remodeling project that would radically change the way I prayed, read Scripture, led others, talked, listened and followed Him. Just like Abraham, GOD was making me. In His silence, He was making me. In those unanswered prayers, He was making me. In my disappointments, He was making me. In my fears, He was making me. During this whole time of disorientation, GOD was making me. For Him to do immeasurably more around me, He had to do immeasurably more in me.
This is an excerpt from my book, Found My Heart When I Lost My Way. You can download it here from Amazon. Read it for encouragement as you begin a new year.