I love a great story. Especially a story infused with creativity and imagination (I think this is why Pixar has done so well over the years).
Last week someone sent a video link to me and mentioned that it is a must watch. I am often a bit skeptical about such things, but seeing the the cover picture of a bunch of giraffes drinking from a swimming pool, my interest was peaked.
The video started a bit slow, but I was memorized at this amazing giraffe compound (I would love to know where it is!). As the giraffes got to the top of the ramp, my eyes bulged, my mouth dropped, and I couldn’t help but give a little kid squeal of delight.
Interested to see what caused such excitement? Watch the video below (or click here if you’re reading this via email).
A God Who Loves Creativity
I recently taught the Creation account in Genesis and one thing that stood out to me afresh was how much God loves creativity and imagination.
While God’s creativity is weaved throughout Scripture, His creativity and imagination is clearly demonstrated in Creation when out of nothing, God creates plants, stars, animals, light, and everything else you see.
I love the story in Genesis 2 when God creates Adam and brings all the animals before him to be named. Adam was brought into the work of creation, given the privilege of naming every animal—using the wisdom and imagination God gave Him
Can you see the scene—this bizarre creature stands before Adam as Adam scratches his chin.
What shall I call it? Adam muses.
With a stroke of genius he cries out: “You shall be called an ostrich” (obviously not spoken in English).
One by one they appear. Creatures of all shapes and sizes, some more bizarre than others:
- Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my!)
- Gharials, Tenerecs, Proboscis Monkeys, Babirusas, Dugongs, and the scary looking bird called a Shoebill (see 21 other bizarre creatures here)
It only takes a moment looking at the animal kingdom to find that God loves creativity. Even the plants have incredible variety—just look at the different flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, and animal-eating plants like the venus fly trap.
Psalm 19.1 declares: The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
And isn’t it amazing that God didn’t hoard creativity and imagination, He gave humanity the ability to think, reason, be creative, and imagine.
Spend any time with a little kid and they are often lost in a world of imagination … something we tend to lose as we get older.
Why not take a little time today to reflect, dream, create something, be imaginative. In fact, why are you still on your computer or smart phone? Turn it off, run outside, and marvel at God’s handiwork.