As people made in the image of a creative God, we have the power to create, and there is something amazing and beautiful about that.
I think the first time I discovered the power of creating was when I was studying music in high school. Until then I had always loved playing music- taking the notes on the page and bringing them to life, letting them speak, giving them expression- but when I began learning to compose music it opened up a whole new world.
I loved the idea that I was no longer just recreating someone else’s music; I was creating my own- portraying a whole world of character and emotion, and expressing things I could never put into words.
Where others sometimes struggled when faced with a blank sheet of paper, it was something that came naturally to me. I had no shortage of ideas- I loved to create music that was how I wanted it to be and I knew exactly what I wanted the music to say. I would work at it and revise it until it was right.
(Update: after requests to share some music I have managed to dig out a recording which you can listen to here. It’s quite an old one, very rough and unpolished performance and recording, and I don’t usually write choral music, but it is the best I can find for now. I’ll look at possibly sharing something more recent in the next few months.)
We are creative because we are made in the image of a creative God, but we are also his creation. Each of us is a melody in his great symphony, and each part is important. There is no accident in God’s creation- we are what he intended, what he chose to create- and he renews us and refines us until we are just right, until our song fits with the bigger picture he is creating and the result is beautiful harmony.
“Come thou fount of every blessing. Tune my heart to sing thy grace.”