I continue to be enthralled with the colors of Autumn this year. Although I know there are natural processes at work as the days shorten, the leaf sugars and proteins change, etc., I think about what delight the Father must have had in envisioning how He would design the trees so that their leaves turned from green to gold….or yellow….or red….or purplish-pink…I can imagine Him jubilantly telling the Son, I want that landscape to burst with color and then have that color fly through the air and decorate the earth’s floor, while that season ends…
Maybe that’s fanciful thinking, on my part. And maybe it isn’t. Is it a stretch to believe that God is revealing different, yet equal, facets of His Majesty and Joy through both the first budding of springtime leaves….and the bountiful landscape of color expressed during autumn? It is not difficult to interpret the seasons prophetically: in whatever season you start, change is soon to follow. The greatest burst of color and subsequent renewal of life come before and after the cold harshness of winter. And a season of “summer”? I think of it as “selah,” personified.
In Theresa Dedmon’s book, Born to Create, she asks a partially-rhetorical but provocative question: “What do you think can happen when the sons and daughters of God use their imaginations to envision and declare the dreams their heavenly Father has put in their hearts?”
Clearly, that is the question. The partial response is found in her adding, “The Holy Spirit wants to blow fresh wind on our desires, awaken our imaginations, and expand our vision of what is possible as we partner with Him for transformation. ”
“The dreams,” therefore, may not yet be in our hearts, but may be in the Heart of our Father, who is either waiting for us to ask Him for them, or Who is gauging at what point in our relationship with Him He is free to give them and have them accepted by us. In opposite way, they may have been planted at the time of our conception, but for a rainbow of different reasons, have never yet borne the fruit that He had intended. Fruit that pointed to Him….fruit that we found as a joy in this life.
I don’t walk around with a charcoal pencil and sketch pad to illustrate or draw…why is that? More importantly….why is it that you don’t?
According to my way of thinking, I don’t have the skill. But I am increasingly aware that I belong to a God about Whom Paul teaches, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17*)
If I have defined His ability to create through me by self-imposed inadequacy or limitation….am I open to hearing the Lord say, draw this, or sketch that….or for Him to share with me a dream or prophetic word that requires an artistic rendering to fully share it with others?
Are we not primarily “kids of the Kingdom,” regardless of our age? Kids of the King? Is it such a stretch to think that even in the midst of a noisy, distracting, attention-grabbing world, we are not “unusually talented in some way” expressly for the purpose of glorifying Him? Of delighting Him? Maybe even making Him laugh or smile?
Let me return to 2 Corinthians and Theresa Dedmon’s question. Paul’s context in 2 Cor. 5:17 is about not recognizing people “according to the flesh.”
I would encourage extending that concept into the creative realm, that the possibility of expressing an innovative, never-done-before act (or acts!) of creativity is open to each of us. Not only that, but that God longs to see us step into His artistic enabling, to discover and release and testify of more of Him, of His goodness, of His Eminence and Mastery over the “creation-field.”
Psalm 35:10 cries out, “All my bones will say, ‘Lord, who is like You…” Psalm 71:19, “You Who have done great things; O God, who is like You?” Psalm 89:8, “O Lord of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Lord?” Exodus 31 teaches that God bestowed “the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship.” (Ex. 31:3, 31)
So, again: “What do you think can happen when the sons and daughters of God use their imaginations to envision and declare the dreams their heavenly Father has put in their hearts?”
(*All Scriptures, New American Standard Bible)