Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
As I stood under the open sky on a dance floor full of people searching, my phone suddenly opened to my Bible app. It does this sometimes, and when it does I pay close attention because I know who is opening it. This time it was opened to Genesis 1:1 and the story of creation. I recognized I was light in the midst of darkness, but I knew there was more to it.
I recently got the answer to that moment. I started getting references to Genesis 1:1 and creativity in seemingly random conversations. And it came full circle when I attended a creativity workshop at PIHOP. Trisha Wheeler came down from Bethel and hosted a workshop on creating with God. She shared her journey as a creative artist and then had us do a hands on exercise that totally shook me.
She had us paint blindfolded.
As a creative person it’s easy to get in your own way by judging before you are finished. She shared a story about a guy who previously participated in this exercise. He has this awesome experience with God as he blindly painted. He couldn’t wait to see his awesome creation. When he was told to take his blindfold off, he saw that his paper was still white and he had completely missed the paint.
But it was about the process.
So, Trisha instructed us to put three blots of different color paint on our paper plates. We were given a small cup of water and a paintbrush. She instructed us not to judge the process but to simply listen to the direction we received from God and paint.
I have to admit, it wasn’t easy. I kept wanting to take a peak through the bottom of my blindfold to see if my painting was making any sense. But I didn’t. I decided to trust in total faith that the painting would make sense to me in the end. I did hear God instruct me with things like, “put your brush here and make a stroke like the sea”. Or, “make one broad stroke to the left and this will be my breath”. I thought for sure when I took the blindfold off it would me a total mess.
To my surprise, the painting made sense. And through this process my faith was increased greatly because I understood what it meant to walk by faith and not sight. If I couldn’t let go and trust that I could paint and everything would be okay, how could I trust Him with greater things in my creative process?
If you have never tried this exercise it is definitely worth trying.