Let there be…

LET THERE BE…

 

Genesis 1:1-5

1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

For most of my life, I skimmed that verse and assumed that “Let there be light” was referring to the sun. But NO! Did you notice that the sun and moon were not mentioned in the above verses? They are not mentioned until verse 16!

16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars.17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth,18 To rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

Do you see that?

He said, “Let there be light” before he made the sun and moon and stars. Light was on Day one…before the “obvious” signs in the sky which was day four!

Then in verse 27:

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

So what does this have to do with writing and illustrating?

We are created in HIS image. He is creator God. He has filled us all with HIS spirit of creativity and the desire to create beautiful things. We have a desire to move when He says move, create when He says create!

But sometimes, we refuse to move because the moving of God doesn’t look like we think it should look. We are waiting for an obvious sign (like the sun and moon), but God has already given us the light we need to walk in!

We are afraid to step out without more signs. We are afraid to create that story, poem, painting, quilt, sculpture, new recipe… fill in the blank!

YET… God.

God first said, “Let there be Light.”

Not, “Let there be a big ol’ hot star in the sky that will eventually die out.”

Nope. He said, “Let there be light.”

And guess what? It was good!

Sometimes, we have an idea, a spark, something rising from deep within our soul that we can’t explain. We have that inner prompting of “I need to do this… write this… paint this… sing this… crochet this…” Many times, that is God speaking into us that same, ”Let there be…”

But then we think “I have to do this first… then this… and I can’t because I am not ready for this…”

We hear the call to create… we feel it… And yet… then we don’t do it. We don’t create what we are being prompted to create because we have to have a plan. OUR plan. A plan that make sense to us. We are waiting for more signs!

But guess what?

His thoughts are not our thoughts.

His ways are not our ways.

We don’t always flow in the “creative” spirit God put in us because we are afraid of messing up. We are afraid we might make a wrong step. A wrong turn. We might not be PERFECT. That somehow we might “miss” it and not get it right.

Remember the dude that was given the one talent and buried it? Matthew 25:14-30

Yeah. That guy.

He wasn’t given a plan for the talent. He wasn’t given an outline of how it was supposed to look. So… he didn’t even try. He was afraid of messing up and making the master angry. In his fear, he only failed because he refused to move. He refused to step out. He didn’t have as many “talents” as the others – so he hid his talents in the darkness and refused to “Let there be light!”

He hid from the light instead of growing in it. He hid in fear.

And nothing grew in his darkness… except for more fear.

But God is love and He desires to create beauty in, around and through us. So how can He use, grow us and flow through us if we bury ourselves in fear?

Don’t bury your talent. Don’t waste that gifting that God has tucked deep inside you.

God said, “Let there be light.”

That verse holds true for today, too. When you feel like your creative gifts, your talents, are formless and empty and full of darkness, rest assured… the Spirit of God is hovering over you, bringing forth light! He will separate light from darkness with the ever present Light that cannot be quenched.

Isaiah 60: 19-20

The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.

He is creator God. And He created you. Let Him create in you and through you.

SO… LET THERE BE LIGHT!

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  1. Thanks for the inspiring post,Donna. Sometimes I think my thoughts are too jumbled to “create” something. But, I’m learning to just go jot them down whether they make sense or not. Perhaps later God will shed some light on what He wants me to do with them.

  2. Kathy Rupff says:

    AWESOME– And so encouraging!! Thank you, Donna!

  3. Thanks. I like the tie in from Genesis to the talent parable. Hadn’t ever put those together. And how about not putting our lights under bushels??

  4. Linda Andersen says:

    Donna,
    Thanks for letting me see this in a different “light.”

    Great post!

    Linda A.

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