“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs
As creative people are we just connecting things? What are we connecting? What do you think Steve Jobs is really saying? Is there a force that just makes the creative ideas happen? Are we not in control of our creativity?
Creative people often speak of an idea coming to them out of the blue. Some speak of a work of art painting itself. Authors sometimes talk of words on a page writing themselves. I wonder if that is what Mr. Jobs was referring to in this quote.
If you have read my creativity devotionals very often you will know that I believe our creativity is a gift from God. So I understand the concept when things just fit together perfectly. But it doesn’t always happen. The gift of creativity can come and go as many artists know. That is why there are so many articles and books out there to encourage those going through a “blocked” period in their creative life.
When the creativity goes, does that mean you are at fault? I don’t think so. In my opinion, the barren times of our creativity are just getting us ready for the flow of more creativity to come. There is a season for everything. We need to be ready at all times to accept the creative ideas and gifts that are sent our way.
When those incredible creative ideas come our way maybe that is when we have really made that ultimate connection.
Lord God, Great Creator:
We are in awe of your creativity. We are grateful for the gift of creativity that you bless us with. Thank you for making us in your image. Thank you for allowing us to have a creative connection with you. Help us to remain mindful of this blessing and to always use it for good.
In Christ’s Name,
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