We are surrounded by the creative hand of God.
Chris and I often stand at our windows in awe of the muted sunrises nervously peeking through the dollops of fog over the water. The sunsets are magnificent with their ribbons of bursting reds and yellows, blues and oranges. This afternoon, there are swans floating around ice islands on the water front and familiar birds circling our bird feeders, looking for treats in the back yard. Chubby squirrels aren’t moving as nimbly these days as they navigate across our lawns.
No question – God is creative and He has given us the gift of creativity, for which I am so thankful.
I have little fashion sense, limited artistic ability and average musical appreciation . . .
. . . but I do love to teach creatively and I have been doing so since I was a little girl.
“I remember countless hours playing school with my cousin in the basement of my grandparents’ house. I would wrap a towel around my head so that I would have beautiful, long hair and this automatically made ME the teacher.” (pg.36, Sisters in the Son)
“My mom’s second husband built me a balance beam and despite the disappointing reality that our back yard sloped on a hill, I decided to create a circus school, using the beam as centre stage. I was quite the entrepreneur – I made colourful flyers and delivered them to all the houses in my neighbourhood. Early Monday morning, seven little girls came to my “Bring, Sing and Fling” circus school and for five days, I was the ringleader. I taught those giggly girls how to be gymnasts, clowns and acrobats on a downhill sloping beam! Friday afternoon’s show was a smashing success and parents were delighted. I was twelve years old at the time. (pg. 36, Sisters in the Son)
This pattern of creative teaching continued through my gymnastics coaching days, babysitting adventures, teaching at university, in kindergarten and the high school class, speaking opportunities, leading bible studies, right through to one-on-one times with women.
It’s the way God has made me.
This is the way I can explain creativity in teaching: show me the sandbox (curriculum) but don’t tell me how to play, who to play with or how long to play. Most likely, once I’m familiar with the content, I will step out of the sandbox and explore the beach.
I do believe that God smiles when we honour Him with the right side of our brain – imagination and creativity.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. Henri Matisse
I just need the sand box. Don’t tell what toys to use or how to use them. Don’t tell me who to play with or how long to stay in the sand box.
And I may even wander out of the sandbox, onto the beach.