“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… every day I find something creative to do with my life.” ~ Miles Davis
I’m not confident enough to say this with any certainty so let’s just call this next statement a… hypothesis, but… I think maybe one of the reasons God created man was not just for His own companionship but also because He wanted to inspire someone. Ridiculous? I suppose. I mean, why would the creator of all this feel any need to inspire anything in the first place? He doesn’t need my approval. He’s certainly not insecure. But maybe God just wanted someone to share all this beauty with. More then that, I think God wanted someone to enjoy and revel in what He had created purely for their enjoyment in the first place. God makes the heavens and the earth then stands back and realizes something: there’s no creature yet made to truly enjoy His master-piece. Imagine a Picaso without a gallery! The angels were created to worship God from their inner most being but man was created to actually experience emotion for the first time ever. Where the angels were seemingly programmed to worship from inception, man – from his inception – was created to experience worship and made to desire worship. There is a very distinct difference there. And a fundamental part of the difference between man and seraphim is our innate ability to experience God through an understanding of all that He has created. Angels know nothing beyond the glory of God, nothing else in their thought process ever goes beyond that. Pretty awesome, granted. Man, on the other hand barely achieves even the slightest glimpse of Gods full glory yet… man has been given the gift of experiencing Gods glory through several outlets, most frequently, the shared ability to worship God like the angels. But our worship is more meaningful to Him because we have chosen to do so through our free will. Not that angels are forced to do so, just that they know of nothing else but the worship of God.
The unique relationship of God and man is so complicated that it must confound the angels. They sit with fascination and wonder at the feeble creature God molded from the dirt. That’s why they celebrate and cheer each time this feeble creature once again declares (willingly) to give away their heart to God. We are the only creature given free will, the only one who can make such a choice.
God wants to be an inspiration to man. He longs to inspire us. His inspiration is just one manner in which He can be acknowledged for the great things He creates and what He does. I get it… sort of. I inspire nobody. But part of the joy of having children is the possibility of maybe inspiring someone in my short life. I can inspire them to be like me. I can inspire them to be NOT like me – though I hope more for the former! Like God, the effort is a tireless one, but there are moments of joyful pay-off even if it sometimes comes in the dead of night as they sleep. This is when I see their true potential at rest, just waiting to awake and go BE who they’ve been created to be. Unlike God, the inspiration ultimately is faulty. But I can still teach them where to look for that inspiration which will not fail them. And if I teach them nothing else but how to do that, well… that will be inspiration enough on my part!
God is pretty cool, how He set things up. He inspires me with each new breath He allows me to take. I see all that He has made. I feel the strength and peace He gives me. And… I am inspired the most each time I worship Him in praise. But mostly, His inspiration is felt the most with each kiss from my beautiful wife and every hug my children steal from me each day… that, alone, is inspiration enough for me to keep on going!
Peace, to you today. Sean Gutteridge
Today’s Scripture: Genesis 1:3-5
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.