Thursday, June 18, 2009

Idefinable Beauty, Art, and Music: the Soul of God?

Being a writer often means that people say to me, "You're so creative." But I have always been a lover of music and art, too, and the creativity with those forms of expression sometimes leaves me speechless.

I have my own theory that creative parts of people are absolute mirrors of the Soul of our Creator. There is something indefinable about the creative arts that points me to God. Even those who don't acknowledge God have a piece of themselves that they can't explain or define. They struggle with words to put it into perspective. We all know that creative music, art, words, are totally separate in feeling from science and the technical forms of human endeavors.

But what is it? It is so different, that it can bring emotion to the surface of even the most hardened scientist!

But what is it? It is so different, that it can soothe even the most troubled spirit!

But what is it? It is so different, that when we encounter it, we sometimes can't even speak; its beauty is so awe-inspiring!

But what is it? It is our connection to God. It's that first breath from God's lungs breathed into Adam: passed down through his children, and their children, and it never dilutes in its intensity from one generation to the next. It is that desire to know be near feel His presence.

The severance of man from God through sin has been keenly felt in every human soul. We have that indefinable urge to create and to KNOW...something. But what is it?

It is GOD!

When I hear music, my soul immediately recognizes something ancient from my past.
When I see art, my soul longs for a tie to something that seems shrouded in mystery.
When I read stirring words, my soul wants to leap across the dark divide and settle into the Heart of God.

My Creator. And yours.

Creativity is proof that we are CREATED in the image of God.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:20, The Holy Bible, NIV

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." Romans 8:18-24, The Holy Bible, NIV

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.

This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant." Colossians 1:15-23, The Hold Bible, NIV


Sara Harricharan said...

I Love this! It's wonderful and really thought-provoking. I've mused about this "creatvity" thing a few times myself and you captured something here, very well. ^_^

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, Dee - this is incredible. SO perceptive, and such a wonderfully thought-provoking post. So true!

LauraLee Shaw said...

You KNOW I love this post!!! One of my favs, Dee. Beautiful & insightful.

Pat Guy said...

Awesome Dee! Awesome! Every word! Hugs to you my friend, Pat

Andrea said...

Beautifully said, my dear!!

Laury said...

I love a Christian scientific mind and how they look at the world. Very nice post. Lots to think about.

Bryan said...

I love how you connected creativity with God. I think sometimes people miss that and fail to realize that God is the creator of creativity. God bless and great blog by the way.

Calina said...

Very well said!

I think it's so important that as parents and/or educators we try to encourage our children be creative in whatever outlet works for them, whether it be fingerpainting or guitar lessons.

At the same time, we (the overworked, parents and educators) need to be creative. It's a good example for the children, oh, and it is renewing to a person's whole self.