In Redeeming the Athlete I shared with you that when I married I was totally without homemaking skills and a friend gently taught me how to keep house while taking care of my family. As I got the hang of those skills I began cooking too. I learned I was a bit of a purest. I cooked everything from scratch, fresh vegetables instead of frozen or canned, fresh herbs instead of dried, and raw onions instead of dried or frozen. I even ground grain into flour for bread. Get the picture? I really enjoyed this part of my work. Looking back on that busy time of my life I can’t help but think, “What a silly girl I was to spend so much time preparing food during a season in my life with young children at home and so many demands on me.” Then I quickly remember Genesis chapter one: God created.
I am made in the image of God. Try as I may, it is impossible to avoid creating. God created something from nothing and I can’t do that but as an image bearers I must create. It’s unavoidable. A woman taking care of her home creates order from chaos. A counselor brings order to disorderly emotions. A doctor creates order in an sick body. A writer creates order out of words and an artist uses paint to create order and beauty on canvas.
It was very time consuming to cook everything from scratch but I enjoyed it. I felt alive when I created beautiful, tasty meals. At the time I didn’t understand the connection of my identity to God. Now I see that I enjoyed it because I was living in my identity, an image bearer of my Father. My daughter has three little boys and one on the way. She doesn’t like to cook but she maintains beautiful scrap books depicting her family’s journey through life. I call her the family historian. She’s living out her identity as an image bearer. I don’t cook from scratch in this season of my life but I still love creating. The picture above is an example of a dessert I took to a pot luck recently. Three bags of store bought cookies arranged beautifully on a special tray works just fine for me right now. I don’t think it’s the particular thing we create that is so important but the fact that we create ought to make us stand up and shout, “I’m his and I’m like him!” Wow.
Living Outside the Lines Bears the Image of God as Creator.
Where do you bear the image of God as a creator?
How do you create?
What do you create?