Making Order from Chaos

I’m not very tidy. That’s not one of my talents. I can bake a mean chocolate brownie, teach a Bible study, run a 10k, and knit a pair of fantastically cabled socks. But I am not tidy. Like, at all. I’ve got piles of stuff everywhere. Books. Paperwork. (Mostly) clean laundry. Various finished and unfinished craft projects. And don’t even look in my pantry.

I don’t mind the chaos.

picjumbo.com_HNCK7799And yet one place I love to make order from chaos is in my writing. I love taking a convoluted idea that’s roaming around in my very messy brain and beating it into submission until it sparkles and shines like a well-polished silver pitcher.

All artists enjoy this process. Writers, musicians, painters, dancers. There’s something satisfying about developing something out of nothing. Why is that?

I believe it goes back to God’s instructions to Adam and Eve in the Garden. “Fill the earth, and subdue it,” He told them in Genesis 1:28.

The Amplified Version says it so beautifully: “And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power];”

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Many times I’ve heard this passage refer only to having children, but it goes far beyond that aspect. Fruitfulness also refers to our creativity. When we use our gifts and talents,we’re working alongside God to make His will done on earth as it is in heaven.

When we create – when we write a song, story, or poem; paint a delicate watercolor or spray paint a mural; dance a ballet or dubstep – we’re echoing the vast imagination of an unlimited God. We’re showing our fruitfulness. We’re multiplying the truth. We’re flexing the power He gave us.

image1So get out there and do it! Write, paint, dance! Learn how to play a musical instrument. Sew a quilt. Build an end table. Decoupage to your heart’s content.

And enjoy the process. Know you’re actually putting into motion His plans. Filling our world with His glory and goodness. Taking chaos and turning it into order. Even if the pantry stays a wee bit messy.

Be blessed,

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What’s your favorite way to make order from chaos? Let me know in the comment section!

*This post first appeared at Quills and Inkblotts

6 thoughts on “Making Order from Chaos

  1. “When we create – when we write a song, story, or poem; paint a delicate watercolor or spray paint a mural; dance a ballet or dubstep – we’re echoing the vast imagination of an unlimited God.” I LOVE IT! We are created in the image of the Creator so we should be able to create if even in a finite way. I’m not very tidy either especially when I’m creating. You should see my art desk. LOL You have written a very inspirational post. It should make everyone want to get up and start creating. Blessings to you! I’m visiting from #wholemama!

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  2. I had never connected fruitfulness specifically with creativity before. I like it.
    And this “When we create, we’re echoing the vast imagination of an unlimited God.” This inspires me to be faithful and create all the more.
    So glad you created this! Thanks for linking up!

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