The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales

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Concluding OCTOBER 2014 THEME: Making Masterpieces: The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales

I saw a video of a giraffe giving birth in a zoo. A host of onlookers visiting the zoo that day got quite a treat to witness such a manifestation of God in Creation.

BIRTH!

The birth of LIFE!

He fell from the womb and dropped to the ground, still partially encased in a membrane. There, for a time, he lay flat and still.

Slowly, he raised his head–wobbly.

Three times he tried to rise to his feet.

Three times he fell.

Then, finally he was standing—to the delight and applause of the onlookers.

But, Mother

Mother stood close.

Behind him.

She nudged him forward with her powerful front leg, urging him to not be content with just standing. But, to walk.

Not five minutes had passed, and Mother was prodding her baby onto the next phase of growth—stepping forward.

From stillness to standing to walking.

With many fits and starts and stumbles and falls along the way.

Mother’s presence ever there—hovering over her young—in much the same way the Holy Spirit hovered over the expanse of darkness in the birthing of Creation. From stillness to standing to walking.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness wason the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 

Genesis 1:1-3

. . . through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Romans 5:12

BUT—The Spirit of the Lord, ever there and present, guiding and superintending the feeble child—mankind.

Even in his fall.

Because, nudging the young to walk INSPITE of the predisposition to stumble and fall and wobble and weary along the way, with little grace or confidence, is what a good parent does. Cheering every imperfect step from behind—with a great cloud of witnesses.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Giraffes have graced the earth in just such a way from the moment God spoke them into existence. Mankind has known this “way” from the day he was formed. It is the CREATIVE PROCESS.

Never ending. Always beginning. Inspired in being. Ever developing into something greater than what it was in its opening sentence, initial sweep of the brush, first chink chiseled, original blueprint, preliminary plan, or inaugural notes of a theatrical overture.

The Creative Process is just that—a process. It is a path to be walked out one step at a time. It is a series of lessons to be learned one stumbling fall at a time. It is a grace to be mastered one trusting leap of faith at a time.

CREATIVE PROCESS text

Like a grand-jete in the dance . . . of LIFE!

The heights from which she sees imbues Mother Giraffe with a different perspective than that of her small offspring heaped in the dust. She does not let her child lay limp on the ground. Love compels her to urge the young one to rise and walk. There are greater things to grow into. Her prodding to take deliberate baby steps must be trusted. Soon, they will run together, strengthened by those courageous germinal strides in the early moments of life.

Masterpieces are molded from the audacious clay of valor when it rises to the prodding of the Master’s pressure. When one responds to this call to growth, one overcomes the frailties of falling in a clump—through the power of trust and obedience. This is the secret to every creative act we do in worship to God our Creator. Falling is certain. Rising again in Faith is a choice.

It is no wonder that the Bible begins at the beginning. Genesis 1 calls us to imitate our Father God in all His creative wonders—choosing to live our lives as fruitful multipliers of His creativity. How that creative call manifests in our lives today is unique to each of us—and, due to the devastating circumstances in Genesis 3—fraught with the surety of stumbling and falling on the way to Masterpiece status.

But, like the baby giraffe graced with the love of his Mother standing firmly behind him, so too, we have the love of our Creator God and Father standing steadfast and ever present behind us. He has our back. In fact, He surrounds us!

daily prayer

So, how goes the Creative Process in your LIFE today? Have you fallen along the way? Praise God that there IS a way.

Rise up in all your stumbling glory . . . and WALK. Your Heavenly Father is prodding you to WALK in the creative process of life. The creative purpose of living.

Leap into life with the steps you know, then trust and follow His prodding lead. Waltz in His Grace—become a Masterpiece in His masterful arms. Fear not when the steps are complex and your legs begin to wobble. You may slip and fall in such times. But, when you do, allow the power of His presence to turn your trip into a twirl—and a beautiful pirouette. Something amazing is birthed!

And, the making of Masterpieces becomes your LIFE calling.

Challenge: Make time to stop, and appreciate the Masterpiece of the Lord in your life. Your rushing, crushing, crisis-prone world needs the respite. God has something to minister to you in the beauty of artistic creation – the life He is crafting in you . . .

If you humble yourself with a heart of gratitude and meet Him there . . .

With eyes to see and ears to hear . . .

And arms open wide for His embrace.

This is the 4th installment of Word & Image October 2014: Making Masterpieces: The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales. Click below for all the posts in the series as they are published:

Making Masterpieces: Patience in the Paint

Making Masterpieces: Spinning Fear & Pain into Gold

Making Masterpieces: Genesis Revelations

Making Masterpieces: The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales

NEXT WEEK – The Thanksgiving Chronicles Begins!

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Sharing Making Masterpieces: The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales this week with:

Judith at Whole Hearted Wednesdays

 Tell His Story with Jennifer Dukes Lee

A Little R&R Wednesdays

 Lyli at Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3D Lessons 4Life

Hope in Every Season Homemaking Party

 Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women

 Essential Things Friday Devotions

 Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

 Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

My Fresh Brewed Life with Barbie – Weekend Brew

Janis with Sunday Stillness

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. This is wonderful! Such a perfect picture with God’s Word and His Truth woven into this “Giraffe Tale.” I have bookmarked this site so I can return after lunch to read the other “Giraffe Tales.” We are neighbors over at Lyli’s today and I am SOOOO glad and thankful. You did a fine job in your creative process along with the Holy Spirit guiding you.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  2. Loved your quote: “All art is risk; creativity is courage.” Your life is an example of this truth. I applaud you!

    Blessings in Christ,

    MaryAnn

  3. I love the imagery of God being a “helicopter (hovering over us) mom”. I just came from Linda’s site where she has the verse form Zephaniah 3:17 that says God “exults over us” & rejoices over us”. I tend to be a “helicopter mom” but it’s usually because I am trying to take good care of my children. The idea that God pays tons of attention to us is exciting to me! Thanks for this excellent post Kathryn. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  4. Thanks for sharing the story of the baby giraffe! I like this line: “Rise up in all your stumbling glory. Walk!”

    Glad to have found your blog via #TellHisStory.

  5. What a beautiful illustration of gently but firmly pushing the new baby to walk not just to stand. God often does push us for sure! otherwise we would just stand there. You are my neighbor at Spiritual Sundays!

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