channeling the divine

I keep thinking about Adam.

In the Garden.

And how God asked him to name the animals.

"Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals."

God didn't ask Adam to do this because He was all out of ideas.

It's not that His creative juices had run dry or His mojo had gone missing.

He wasn't too tired from all that creating.

He didn't have "creator's block".

God asked Adam to name the animals because He wanted to invite him into the creative process with Him.

Adam was created to create. God wanted him to be part of the incredible work of creation along with Him.

So while God formed each creature out of the dust of the ground, as only He could, He invited Adam to play a creative role as well, by determining what each animal would be called. Forever.

Even in the simple task of naming what God had fashioned by His own hand, Adam was channeling the Divine. Because creativity is God at work through us.

But God is ever a gentleman.

He will never force Himself on us.


So when you and I sit down to create---whatever that looks like for me or for you---we are met with a challenge. A calling. A question.

Will I attempt to create on my own?

Or will I invite God into the creative process with me?

Will I fashion something solely with the strength, wisdom, and creativity in my own heart, mind, and hands?

Or will I purposefully choose to channel the Divine?

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This post is a part of Darrell Vesterfelt’s series on The Personal Creative Process. Check out the other posts here  >

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