World (Jesse Tree Day 1)


The first Jesse Tree symbol is meant to bring to mind the Creation story. A whole world created so easily, almost without effort, just by speaking. God says ‘Let there be…’ and there it is. Simples, as they say on the advert!


It’s not like that with writing. The route to a finished piece, however long or short, prose or poetry, is definitely the scenic one. My mind and words travel in a twisted, sometime circuitous journey with plenty of dead ends and mistakes along the way.

I don’t think that God made mistakes in His creative process but I do wonder if it really was as straightforward as the opening chapter of Genesis implies. And I wonder if my own human creative process reflects in some small way His?

Keeping this verse from 2 Peter in mind, ‘With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day,’ I’m not so sure that God made the world in seven literal 24 hour periods of time. The ancient Hebrews used numbers differently to us in the modern Western world, more metaphorically, so the Genesis account reads more like poetry to me. I’m not saying He couldn’t do it in that timescale, just that I think it would be wrong to draw that absolute conclusion from it.

So perhaps creating this wonderful world, as Louis Armstrong called it, with its ‘bright blessed day’ and ‘dark sacred night’, wasn’t so instantaneous or straightforward after all. And maybe God gives all of us who create things, be it a poem or a sculpture, a song or a dinner, a taste (excuse the pun) of the complex process whose twists and turns add to the final product. After all, we are made in His image.


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