by Molly Elizabeth Sidell
As I looked down from my perch, leaning over the slippery edge, something became clear to me. The ocean churned, foaming at the mouth of the pool. The waves crashed through, and mist filled the air. Water swirled in powerful dances and patterns, filling space with rich, dark glory. My hands could not find a view to contain the life of that single space. The movement would not be pinned down by brushes and pencils. The deep could not be portrayed on a square. I could not create anything as free, beautiful, or well designed by copying what I saw superficially. How could I recreate the surface when I had yet to see its deep?
Time passed and the tide changed. The waters receded, uncovering beautiful low notes of a bass. The water ran and splashed in their marble basins. The seaweed danced in the water and wind, clinging onto the rocks for sanctuary. A large wave rolled in and drowned them all, churning and dancing over the rocks as it had before. The process of its being came clear to me. I could not capture its surface, for I did not know its depth. Yet, when the depths were revealed to me, I could not find its face. The creation could not be stretched on a square, for it is a circle. Art and creation come together in a great, magnificent globe–something not to be imprisoned, something that cannot be birthed on canvas or placed in a test tube.
Albert Einstein once said, “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Earthly nature is constantly in frustration with the inability to create worlds, and simply re-creating will not satisfy. How can one learn to be a creator? How can one learn to see what is still left unseen? The great Creator did not stretch out a canvas and paint within the confines that men live in or have made for themselves to live in, but created a living, throbbing, breathing reflection of His inmost being. Therefore, as created beings, we are all part of an infinite masterpiece. Imagine art not as something that is done, but something that is being. What would happen if men walked as not only artists, but as masterpieces; each move made a stunning stroke of brilliance, and every word spoken a note in a divinely composed destiny. Art, science, and relationships come together and form a beautiful garden–a miraculous design and expression of the heart and mysteries of the Creator. Not only this, but man has also been created in God’s likeness, to rule over creation, and to be co-creators with Him. I believe that I am a part of a beautiful, grand design, made to be a living work of art, bringing glory to God, and worshiping Him in all I do.
This realization is not something that came out of an epiphany or defining moment in my life, but from an innate desire to dig down to the root of my nature and why I exist. I have boiled my human and spiritual self down to this: Since the beginning of time, back when man was first placed in the garden, we were created for love, worship, and to rule over creation. Therefore, the core of my life should be to love God, worship Him, and rule over creation. In doing so, I am compelled to co-create with Him.
Co-creating is not subject to “art” as it is commonly portrayed, but is a way of being–something that is woven into every area of our lives. God, as creator, designed it all; and so everything that exists, and will come to exist in our time, is His art–the display and exploration of His heart. Scientists discover new depths and realms within God’s design, and artists do their best to portray the face of the creation. One can choose to daily create space for people in one’s heart and life, illustrating what feelings mean, offering hospitality, and adding more rings to the web of God’s eternal design. Man is continually creating, and this is not subject to the posture of one’s heart. However, one may choose what this creativity will be, and how life, art, and worship will flow from them.
God created man to be worshipers, co-creating with Him in all we do. This is oneness with the Lord: worshiping Him in every area of our lives, seeing His artistry in all things, responding to the mandate to co-create with Him, and so, becoming more like Him. Just as Christ is the face of God’s eternal masterpiece, I hope that I will represent worship and oneness unto Him with my life. I set a mark, that my life will be a work of art, that I will constantly discover and reveal Him, that my expressions would be worship, and that I would become more like Him–His hands and feet on earth, reflecting Him, revealing great mysteries, with Jesus Christ the hope of glory flowing out of me.