I’ve been thinking today, as I work on a new project, about how we, as creative-types, are so wonderfully blessed to be able to create art from nothing. Nothing, in the sense that we start with a blank canvas (e.g. a piece of manuscript paper, blank Finale template, empty DAW session, etc.) and then output a totally original piece of art. Perhaps, an expression of who we are, but I think better stated, an expression of who God is.
Give me a little bit to explain my thought process.
Genesis 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (ESV)
Let’s break this down and see how it applies to my point.
In the beginning. All art has a beginning. Whether it’s a thought or a concept, a germ of inspiration, or whatever, it all has to start at the beginning. Like the song says, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”
God created. How cool is it that the the fourth and fifth words of Scripture say “God created!” Right from the start we see that God is a creative God, and we, as creative artists, get to plug into that every day! Wow!
The earth was without form and void. Did you know that the second part of the definition of form in the dictionary is:
• arrangement and style in literary or musical composition
That’s exactly what we do when we create, we have to come up with a form for our work. It’s not limited just to music, all art has a form, guidelines, structure. Sure, you can expand and create within those guidelines but when you take it all apart, there is form.
Void. The dictionary defines void as “completely empty.” Again, blank paper, a lump of clay, an unshaped piece of stone, a blank canvas, empty Finale-template…you get the idea. We start with nothing when we set out to create. It can be kind of scary, but isn’t it awesome to know God started out the same way when He created everything we know now?
Darkness was over the face of the deep. This word picture in my mind is an immense view of nothingness, and while we might not start out with utter darkness, many times those of us who create have the same feeling of not being able to see. It can be overwhelming and yes, we often times feel like we’re drowning in the deep pit of creativity! That’s why I’m thankful for the next part!
The Spirit of God was hovering. Okay, another BIG wow! As we begin to work God is with us every step of the way as we create! His Spirit covers us, or hovers over us! So, bring on the deep, bring on the darkness, bring on the void and lack of form. As creative beings, we have the Ultimate Creator’s Spirit with us as we do what we were created to do! We were created to create by the Creator!
We should never take for granted this gift of creating we’ve been given since the beginning of the earth. This thought should catapult is into realms of creativity we’ve never even dreamed of! For me, this thought has most definitely inspired me, even in the midst of this project!