Thursday, August 17, 2006

What's The Point?

Have you ever noticed that just about all created works are identified as being a work of their creator? If I said I owned the original Starry Night you might think I was referring to the Don McLean song recorded in 1971. But if I told you I owned a Van Gogh's Starry Night, you would know exactly what I was referring to.

The same is true about music. We identify songs as "a U2 song" or "a Matt Redmond tune". When F. Murray Abraham, playing Antonio Salieri in the 1984 movie Amadeus hummed the song Eine kleine Nachtmusik, he identified it to his audience by saying, "That is Motzart."

Created works cannot be separated from the one who created them. The creator will always put part of themselves into their work. The created work will always point to the creator, showing nuances, hints and "signatures" that mark it as theirs. The created work cannot "free" itself from the hand of the creator. It is not an independent entity which has no identity apart from its creator.

In the same way, we as created beings are known by the One who created us. Although the world in which we live gives us an identity apart from our Creator, we can't shake off the fact that everyone's identity is tied to their Creator. They may reject it. They may ignore it. But, they can't deny it.

Our Creator has "signed" us with His personal mark of ownership. It is expressed in our own creativity. It flows through our dreams. It is the root of our passion. Everyone of us are people who have been created with purpose. That purpose is to point back to the One who created us.


Anonymous said...

Big Cloud,

Sounds like I'm talking to an Indian. I appreciate your comments, because I am amazed that everyday I awaken is another day that the Creator has allowed me to live physically. He not only has allowed me to live physically, but has made me alive in Him spiritually. I was dead in my sin, but He made me alive in Him. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;

It is great to hear from you brother. Keep blogging.


Anonymous said...

Brad, you do have something powerful to say and I can't wait to read and journey with you. Great points about creator and creation. Very interesting as I am speaking this Sunday on Creation and having several artists bring in their art and tell how their paintings reflect themselves. Then making the point how creation reflects the creator, etc. Love your post as it makes the same exact points.

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