Making Something Out of Nothing
By Delia Latham
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God put His “Seal of Approval” on creativity from the start.
He brought forth the earth and seas and sky and everything above, below and in between – out of “thin air,” as the saying goes. But it wasn’t magic. It was creation (the act of producing or causing to exist, according to Dictionary.com).
And it wasn’t easy. God needed rest after he’d finished His work. The first verse in the Bible is most likely the ultimate understatement of all time. I’m convinced those six days of intense creation entailed far more thought and planning than scripture reveals. Is it possible there might even have been a “do-over” or two?
We’re allowed to see only the finished product of God’s original creative process. He kept specific details – the “making of” the making of the world – to Himself. Just handed us the complete, finished work to enjoy.
Isn’t that what we do as writers?
Our Father taught us by example, and we’d do well to follow the Leader:
Start with a blank canvas. Nothing there. Just an empty page and the desire to turn it into something magnificent.