Look, I am making everything new! Revelation 21:5 (NLT)

Nothing New Under The Sun – Creativity Series – Part 4

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In Revelation 21, John is describing a vision he had where he saw a “new heaven and a new earth (V1)… And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!””

Everything. New. Re-created. Resurrected.

This creative God that is behind all of life itself is still creating. The Genesis story was not a one-off. His creativity is perpetual, constant and relentless. From the very beginning, new beginnings have been at the heart of all that he has done.

But it's not a ‘new beginning' that forgets the old, or disregards the past. It’s somehow inclusive. God takes all of our experiences, individual and collective, and draws them into himself (and into us) in a way that doesn’t cancel them out. He creates in such a way that brings newness right in the middle of our very ‘lived in’ lives, right here and now. We don’t have to “begin again” to begin again. We don’t have to be re-created to be made new.

The writer of Ecclesiastes said,

“That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecc 1:9).

Nothing new?

Perhaps God’s creative nature is nothing new. He’s always been that way. It’s not new news that he makes things new. It’s not a recent revelation of human consciousness that he longs to redeem and recreate. It's not new that God, the eternal artist, is always up to something new right in the middle of this beautiful old earth and our wondrous ageing lives.

Creating is not something that the Divine only recently took up. It's not his new hobby.
It’s always been who he is. There’s nothing new under the sun.

But the more my old life is made new (as I continue to age…), I’ve observed that the newness God creates within me is not a physical thing. It’s not like he takes the part of me that is prone to depression out of my body and puts in a new piece that isn’t. We still get sick, horrible things happen, the pain of the past is persistent, and fear for the future can be overwhelming. Our lives are full of meaning, but at the same time, we experience moments where we ask, “what is the point of it all…”

Sometimes I look around my home, community, country and the world, and I think, “I can’t see any sign of a new heaven or a new earth. If God is making something new, he must be doing it somewhere else.”

But this is where his best work is done. Right underneath our noses.

This is where God's best work is done. Right here, underneath our noses. Click to Tweet

As a creative, and someone who does it for a living, the creative process can be hard for others to understand. I work from home, with my kids, while I’m cooking dinner, getting the washing done, making lunches, in my active wear (I've wanted to use that line for a while) – to the unobservant eye, it can look like I'm not working at all. There’s a myth that artistic life is glamorous and crazy and full of inspiration and moments of genius while tucked away in an overly adorned studio that we take loads of photos of and post them all over social media… (Sorry, I got carried away).

When really, to be creative, every morning I turn on my computer, I sit down with my cup of coffee, and I type. I delete. I make notes. I listen. I read out loud. I read stuff… I do the work. It’s hard work that takes time.

God is at work.

Even when we think he’s just sitting around spectating. Surfing the web. Looking for a bargain on Amazon. Maybe even in his active wear.

He’s actually creating something that will bring forth new life right in the middle of this one.

But of course, he’s only just begun…

OVER TO YOU… leave us a comment below!

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