So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Colossians 1:19 (MSG)

Work of Art – Creativity Series – Part 6

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David of the Old Testament was a complicated man. Yet, over the years, through his poems and writings in the Psalms, he has given expression to the human condition not many other historical figures can rival. He was so many things rolled into one:

Forgotten: not deemed worthy by his family to be seen by the prophet Samuel.
Protector: over his sheep.
Worshiper: through song.
Writer: poem and Psalms.
Warrior: a giant slayer and army general.
Strong: with Saul.
Weak: with Bathsheba.
Murderer: with Uriah.
Grief Stricken: by his lost baby.
Absent: with Tamar.
Betrayed: by Absalom.

He was a sinner, saint and everything in between, all mixed into one. In some ways, he represents us all.

And in Psalm 51, he cried out to God after sleeping with Bathsheba and murdering her husband,

“Start over with me, and create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. May there never be even a shadow of darkness between us! May you never deprive me of your Sacred Spirit! Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Give me more of your Holy Spirit-Wind so that I may stand strong and true to you!”

In these lines, I hear a man who is stained by his choices, driven to his knees by regret, filled with pain over the consequences and effects of his actions. I hear a man who wishes none of it ever happened, who wants to be made right, clean and new.

And if I listen carefully, I don’t just hear David, I hear the age-old cry of collective humanity:
“Can we start again?”
I hear the cry of the broken, the ones who have loved and lost, those who have hurt others and are just now realising the impact of their choices:
“Don’t take me out, don’t leave me, I don’t want to be alone in my pain…”

I hear myself. “Let my passion and love for life be restored.”

Renewed. Recreated. Reconciled.

Does God still create?

Yes. Every day, in millions of different ways. His work is not drastic and obvious. He doesn’t move earth's mountains and shut down governments; or open doors for help and aid that are closed to those who need it; he doesn’t write the recipes we need to cure cancer and mental illness across the skies; he doesn’t kill evil people or resurrect good ones. He’s not a magician, or a dictator, or a biased judge.

He’s an artist. An author. Our creator.

He takes broken things, worn out lives, old stories, and breathes new life into them. That's what he did for David. That's what he'll do for you.

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His creativity happens in real time, in the middle of our messy lives. His work is lifelong and relentless. And he uses US; he creates in US – you and I – the answers to the problems that we face. This newness, this resurrection life that Christ talks about, the good news that he came to deliver, happens while we learn to forgive each other, love one another, and love and forgive ourselves. As we seek out answers and cures, as we help widows and orphans, as we seek to hold governments accountable to the benefit of ALL its people… It happens in the trenches, in the life that we live day-by-day.

We’re a living, breathing, never-ending work of art.

So make yourself at home in the tension of “being made new.” Of being a work in progress, an unfinished masterpiece. Embrace the dissonance between brokenness and wholeness. It’s in this place that creativity lives and breathes and paints beauty throughout our lives.

“He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.” (Col 1:18-20 MSG)

All. Things. New.

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