I’ve found myself repeating one particular Facebook comment in the last few weeks, over and over, post after post. I have one thing I keep saying:
Way to be creative!
In the middle of coronavirus craziness, I’m stunned by the creativity of teachers and business owners and churches and more.
I’ve seen our local parks and recreation have to cancel all summer programs and then the karate instructor get permission to take his class outside.
I’ve seen a gym owner who can’t train others inside the gym, so he does social distance training from his own home and even hosted an outdoor boot camp.
I’ve seen churches offer online services, hymn sings, drive-in prayer meetings, and meal distributions with toilet paper.
Teachers have my kids doing Star Wars work-outs, musical hopscotch, virtual field trips, scavenger hunts and nature walks.
Theaters are live-streaming productions of Shakespeare I’d never have seen otherwise. I’m watching virtual choirs and bands jamming together over Zoom.
Restaurants closed down indoor seating and quickly transitioned to curbside delivery and take-out.
Our local pottery painting studio made adorable take-home kits and our library posts a steady stream of videos with stories and drawing lessons and more.
We’ve watched zoo safari lessons and the interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg busy at work all from our living room.
There are days and moments within days that I begin to feel doomed and in despair, especially when I hear about changes they might make to the schools next year. I fret over what my kids will experience and all that they have to lose. I’ll have two high schoolers next year who love the arts and I’m reading articles saying that band, chorus, and theater are all on the chopping block because of coronavirus concerns.
Oh, do I worry.
I do not like the potential of a new normal and I’m relentlessly brokenhearted about each loss for my children.
And then I remember the creativity I have seen in the people around me….and the seemingly endless capacity for human creativity points me back to the undefinable, unlimited creativity of our Creator God.
He is not surprised by our situation and He is able to rescue and redeem us in it.
I read this today:
Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
He is able, not just to do what we expect or imagine, but to do far more than that. He is able to go above and beyond.
G.K. Chesterton said:
The trumpet of imagination is like the trumpet of the resurrection. It calls the dead out of their graves.
God creates beauty from ashes. He forms a world out of the void.
He resurrects what is dead and heals what is broken. He makes us new. He is making everything new.
And when we create and imagine, we are just imitating our Heavenly Father and the resurrecting, creating work He is always doing.
So may it point us back to Him. May all the innovation we see around us encourage us to bring all the worry and all the struggle to a God who can do a new thing in us and around us.
In Romans, it says:
Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection. Romans 6:4-5
It’s this creative, resurrection work that I’m looking to Christ to do, in me and in our churches and communities, in my kids and their situations. We have not seen the limit of what God can and will do.
Of course, the super-planner-extraordinaire in me wants to nail down the details. Get it all in writing. What exactly will it all look like? When can I know?
But that’s when I see another example of someone being creative and I remember our God creates–above and beyond. He helps us “walk in newness of life,”‘ overcoming what we experience, enduring what is difficult, holding onto hope, reaching what is promised.