A pediatric surgeon Bernie Siegel (b. 1932) said, “God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.” Inevitably Siegel was putting his trust in mankind to create a perfect world. But our world is broken because of sin. Christians believe it will only be transformed when Jesus Christ comes again. This has been alluded to time and time again in the Old and New Testaments.
How should people navigate this this perfect world? We have to use our imagination and ask God to guide us to it. George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), an Irish playwright and critic wrote, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” Believers come to know their God by meditating on his Word. They are touched by God’s divinity, and realize they must seek his forgiveness.
An actor and producer James Cromwell (b. 1940) said, “Often we are recreating what we think we’re supposed to be as human beings. What we’ve been told we’re supposed to be, instead of who we authentically are. The key about creation of full self-expression is to be authentically who you are, to project that.” Such gift comes by faith. With this knowledge people walk in godly ways by doing what’s right.
Wise men and women have pondered the role of nature in God’s creative process. Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936), an Italian dramatist and novelist wrote, “Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.” With the glorious displays of trees, mountains, and streams in our environment we reflect on the grandiose nature of a loving God. Our minds and hearts leap in the sublimity of these gracious blessings first imagined in the Garden of Eden.
Testament of Life
Nevertheless life is such a powerful testament of the gifts of God. An attorney and Freemason Albert Pike (1809–1891) said, “One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature.” People see this phenomenon in God who is all in all. According to scripture people were born in his image and are spiritually like him.
How can we make a difference in the world? There might be some confusion about our life’s mission. A French poet and novelist Victor Hugo (1802–1885) wrote, “One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.” It’s good to remember that everyone works differently. How could we determine who is working the most? How do we see the role of contemplation to that of hard labor? Yet contemplative meditation is necessary for fostering justice, dignity, and peace in our world.
How do you view creation? Who is ultimately responsible? Joseph Franklin Rutherford (1869–1942), a second president of the incorporated Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania said, “Jehovah created the earth and therefore it is his by right of creation.” Every aspect of life which exists is God’s gift to us. He controls everything, and is the greatest gift of all living, and non-living beings. We have to always give thanks for his creation.