I continue today to explore the overflow, resulting from the relationship that Adam had with His Father, in the Garden of Eden. Adam was a son of God (Luke 3:38), and his sonship afforded him certain liberties. One such liberty was the gift of creativity. Beyond the scope of the gift, Adam was granted the authority and liberty to engage in a creative exchange with God.
Dwell on that for a second. The One who made the world, invited Adam to be part of creation. He was not threatened that another would share in the process, or wreck it. In fact, my reading of Genesis tells me that not only was God not threatened by Adam partnering in the creative process, but He was excited! Genesis 2:19-20 captures the idea beautifully: ”
Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed[a] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and (B)brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[b] there was not found a helper fit for him”.
God brought the animals to Adam, to see what he would name them. I think the Lord was blessed by this exchange with His Son. Except that this was not your typical father – son – camp-out; they were after all not making a fire together. They were naming animals. There was a eternal weight of glory and consequence on the the act. What they would create together was forever. He trusts us and loves us that much!
God has given His sons and daughters creative gifts, and the opportunity to explore them. The key is partnership – to co-create with Him – and not get ahead of Him (A blog for another day). I invite you to create with your Father today. Observe Him, and see where He is creating, and ask to get involved.