by Jacqui Crumrine, Associate Pastor – Worship and Arts
“I’m not the Artist, I’m the canvas.” – Propaganda
It’s no secret that I love art and creativity. I think that it is one of the many ways that we can worship. Creating, though, is a fairly new adventure for me that has grown over the last 8 years. I would say that ‘the spark’ has always been there, but it has grown as I’ve discovered that God IS creative. Most often we put that in the past tense because we know that God created in Genesis and we leave it there…in the past. But God doesn’t change, so if He created then, He’s still creating now. (And if He’s creative, and we’re made in His image, then we should be creating as well! But that’s a whole other blog.)
But what is God creating? We see His creativity in obvious ways: in new life, the sunrises and sunsets, growing trees and plants. But there is an even greater creativity that is happening that may not be as obvious. It’s inside of you. God is creating something in you. He has been since the moment he created you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). His brushstrokes are very intentional and unique to you. He has a final picture in mind and is always working. Sometimes, His creativity is more restorative. He is taking something that is broken and repurposing it. His brushstrokes still present from His original design, but now He’s taking the pieces and making something new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So if God is creative, the question for us is: will we let Him create something in us? We have to be willing to let Him create in us something new. He is the artist. We are the canvas.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6