This afternoon was the final show in a short run of a very emotional and powerful play in which I was acting. As the beautiful process of bringing a new world to life on stage came to a close, it got me thinking about the gift of creativity. We were created in the image of God, creator of the universe, so naturally we also have the ability to create. Now, we can’t create something from nothing or breathe life into a lump of clay like God can, but we can take what we’ve been given and turn it into something new and unique.
Reflecting on the story of creation in the first chapter of Genesis, I noticed a few things. God created everything in the universe to work together, to achieve and maintain a balance. He brought order to chaos. But he didn’t do it like a 1970s architect, focusing only on function. He gave his creation beauty, color, and variety. He put in things that would make us strive for something better, laugh, cry, or stand in open-mouthed awe. He didn’t have to do any of that, but he chose to, surrounding us with evidence of how much he loves us.
When acting on stage, we are given raw materials—the words of the script and the director’s instructions. We get the privilege of working together, adding emotion, movement, expression, posture, and inflection to bring the words to life. If we, as actors can achieve a balance in listening and reacting to one another, we may be able to move our audiences to laughter or tears. If we convince our audiences that the world we are creating is authentic, we may even be able to inspire them to strive for something better, or to recognize a truth previously hidden.
What an awesome responsibility and great privilege to be able to share, in this tiny way, in God’s creative work!