creating with the assurance of failure
As I was running an errand for work today, I caught sight of a quirky bumper sticker that read “God’s original plan was to hang out in a garden with some naked vegetarians.”
It made me smile and it also got the old mental cogs and wheels working. My first thought was, “Well, that wasn’t actually God’s original plan. If God saw the broad perspective of creation and those He would create, that tells me that He knew from the start that we wouldn’t stay in the garden.” Of course, I’m sure that the bumper sticker didn’t intend on being a piece of any sort of theological debate, but all the same, it had me thinking. (If we want to be even more theological, we could debate that the original plan is to start and end in a garden, but that’s a whole other topic.)
The way I see it, before Eden was even there or Adam was carved from the dust, He knew that we wouldn’t always be in the garden. He knew that the hours and days in that garden would be borrowed time. He created us even knowing that we wouldn’t remain as we should; that we would reject Him and fail Him and crucify Him over and over and over.
He created us with the absolute assurance of failure.
This tells me, not of the magnitude of human deficiency, but of the incredible weight of the love of our Creator. To think that He looked into his wildest imagination and saw me, flawed and blemished as I am, and thought, “I want to create her. I want to create her in such an unspeakable, unrepeatable way that there will never be anything else like her in the rest of the history of humanity. I love her so much that I will create her even when she rejects me and I will keep loving her when she does.”
I mean, seriously, whoa.
As one who finds the deepest joy and belonging in creating, I feel a kinship with this heart of my Creator. I face my own small acts of creation with the assurance of failure. Cakes will burn, souffles will fall, ideas will crumble, art will smear, words will fail. It’s inevitable.
But here’s the thing, dear ones:
I love what I create enough to do it anyway because I trust in what God has held in His deepest part since the beginning — the story is not over; creation is not done. Restoration is coming and resurrection is here.
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