There can’t be a better way of being creative than the way God is creative.
So let’s look at His creative ways. And no better place to start than with the Creation.
In the beginning God
So in the beginning means at the start of something which by definition introduces space -time for the first time in space. All the theories and observations to date indicate that space and time are related by a constant called “c” which is the speed of light. Nothing can go faster than the speed of light. The closer you get to the speed of light the slower time goes until it eventually stops (which is why you can’t go any faster). My favourite experiment that shows this is in this video.
So that was the first thing God put in place – a frame of measurement and constraints.
Likewise, when we are creating anything the first things we need to consider are where we are going to do it and when. And we also need to take into account the fact that we are constrained – we don’t have infinite time or space available to us. We need to know how much of each we have and the relationship between the two. How much space do I have to do this in and how much time.
The heavens and the earth
God then made the base context of all the future creativity, the heavens and the earth. Heavens and earth are the fundamental context in which He was going to do everything else.
Likewise when we are being creative we need to start with the fundamentals of what we are working with. The heavens represent abstract things which we are not able to put our hands on, ideas mainly. The earth represents the material things we have to work with. Abstract ideas and material things are the context in which we all work.
The earth was formless and empty
Raw materials are always this way at the beginning of any creation.
And darkness covered the deep waters
No matter where we have been in the universe to date we have discovered water. NASA even says that the universe is awash with water which keeps turning up in surprising places. It seems that the formless and empty universe was a ball of water initially. I imagine God with a ball of water in His hands in the beginning.
God didn’t need to see it (he knows his creation without light) but He somehow conceived that His creation would need to “see” it. So the concept of darkness is introduced, i.e. the absence of something. Something is missing, e.g. understanding, light.
Likewise at the beginning of a creative project we have raw materials and some ideas but we need to understand better what we are going to create – we need to be able to see it.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters
And to see something creatively we need inspiration, a spark of creative genius. Call it what you will, none of us can create without the inspiration of a spirit. We see this all around us. People talk about man’s spirit, devils, angels and the Holy Spirit inspiring all sorts of things. Ultimately nothing happens without the consideration, the brooding of a spirit on the ideas and the materials. Understanding starts here.
When you are being creative, what inspires you?