Oh how I miss the joy of leisure reading!
Growing up, I was an avid reader. I would find hidden and cozy spots in my home and would curl up and read for hours on end. When I got in trouble, instead of grounding me from watching TV or playing my Nintendo DS, my parents would take my books away.
I would read anything from Nancy Drew and Harry Potter to The Hiding Place and The Mark of the Lion Series. I love fantasy, romance and mystery novels that leave me hanging after each chapter, causing me to force my weary, drooping eyelids to stay open so I can finish just one more paragraph. When my favorite books would end, I would almost always cry, feeling as if I had just lost a very dear friend. With each final close of a book, it was as if I was saying goodbye to the characters I had become so fond of.
I find it fascinating that an author is able to weave such beautiful, intricate stories that bewitch you until you’ve read the last word. They can create such brilliant and moving novels that, even though it could be fiction, when something heartbreaking happens to a character you love, you grieve with them. You become emotionally invested and attached to someone you’ll never meet. When I finished the Harry Potter series, I was pathetically glum for days. At eleven years old, I felt like Harry, Ron and Hermione had become my best friends and it was hard to let them go. I think the reason I had become so attached to that book series was because of the creativity it sparked within me and feeling like I could relate, on some level, with each of them.
Just like singing, playing a musical instrument by ear, or being able to multiply large numbers within seconds, I truly believe their are many gifted authors that have a unique ability to put in words what I could never imagine. Since the Lord is abundantly creative, it seems no surprise that His children would be also. We are made in His image and likeness and therefore filled with His qualities.
As I have grown in my faith and in friendship with my Savior, I look at many things differently. When I was eleven, I never thought about the creativity of J. K. Rowling being a gift from the Lord. Now, when I read novels, I rejoice and laugh because I am loved by a creative, humorous, wonderful God who has blessed each of His children uniquely.
To share just a small portion of how incredibly creative God is, I have attached Genesis 5.
“From Adam to Noah
5 This is the written account of Adam’s family line.
When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.
3 When Adam (man) had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth (appointed). 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh (mortal, frail, miserable). 7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.
9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan (sorrow, dirge, elegy). 10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.
12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel (Blessed God). 13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.
15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 After he became the father of Jared (shall come down), Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.
18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch (teaching). 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah (His death shall bring). 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech (the despairing) had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah (comfort or rest) and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.”
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.
I find this to be quite remarkable. That in the earliest chapters in Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for mankind. Hidden in the meaning of their names… now that is CREATIVE! Our God is truly and awesome God. How blessed am I to love and be loved by Him.
“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”