Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Eccleciastes 4:12
I believe it’s important to be creative; vital to find ways and means to express the originality of thought and imagination God has given us. And I guess, in part, that’s why I’ve taken the time to write these meditations.
Poetry is one way in which I try to be creative. Mind you; I’m not very good at it. My first attempt was in my early twenties when I thought I’d try and be romantic and write a limerick for my wife. It went like this:
I’m not very good at prose.
It’s probably because of my nose.
But it needs to be said,
That I’m happily wed.
To a wife who looks like a rose.
You can’t say I didn’t warn you!
In fact, while I’m confessing, I should probably tell you that whenever I write poetry I use a little book entitled, The Vocabulary of Rhymes. I’d be lost without it. My creativity just doesn’t stretch that far.
But the degree of expertise in the things we do are not that important. What is important is that we exercise our creative potential as an act of worship. For in so doing we identify with God as Sovereign over all things and the source of all that there is. As D. K. McKim says, “Since God as Creator is the explanation for the existence of the world and for human existence, it is the activity of creation that establishes our deepest and most essential relation to God: as Creator and thus Lord.”
So why not pull out that palette, crank up the potting wheel, get those knitting needles clicking, hang some wallpaper, finish that cross stitch, or shape a piece of wood in the lathe . . .
After you finish your devotions.
Consider the following poem as your prayer for the day.
Three things my Father asks of me,
If I’m to serve Him faithfully.
The first I give – the open hand,
Then next my mind – to understand,
And last, not least – a praying heart,
A threefold cord that shall not part.