Thursday, January 19, 2006

Something from Nothing

I haven't shared this with very many folks, but here's a little something that had a major influence in Rich and I becoming writing collaborators. Maybe it will have some meaning for you today.

A man and a woman,
and there was no love.
No chance of survival,
but you're up above.

A woman lay barren,
no hope of a child.
Full of nothing but sadness,
then you give a smile.

Something from nothing,
no future, no past.
And then, in an instant,
divine hope at last.

A void that existed,
you filled with a plan.
From dust of the earth,
you built up a man.

A dry field lies cracking,
to farmers' disdain.
No food in the garden,
then you send the rain.

Something from nothing,
no night, and no day.
You speak, and there's sunrise,
but that's just your way.

We try to explain you
with science and math.
But what we forget is
that you lay the path.

My life had no meaning,
I wandered alone.
Then you entered my heart
and made it a home.

Something from nothing,
no future, no past.
And then, in an instant,
divine hope at last.

Something from nothing,
no future, no past.
And then, in an instant,
divine hope at last.



2 comments:

Scot said...

I really like this!!

Scot said...

I was just reading a discussion of the job Adam was given by God to name all of the animals. I thought of this song/poem of yours.
First of all, creation was the supreme example of "Something from Nothing", but God didn't limit it to just himself. Isn't it interesting that one of the first interactions between God and man was an invitation for man to join God in the creation process.
While naming the animals was nowhere near the scale of creating the world, it still required some creativity.
Adam, too, had to come up with something out of nothing. Not just once, but for every animal. Put yourself in Adam's shoes (though this phrase loses meaning for a man that was naked). There was no precedent for this task. He had read no books to get his creative juices flowing. No real history to draw upon. Just intimacy with the creator.
We were made in the creator's image--even to create.
God's response is interesting, too. He published Adam's creations without edits. "Whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name."
Though perhaps the fall may have even had an effect on our creative side, we need to learn more about our Original Glory than our Original Sin.
So, for you apiring writers, parents, inventors, and whatever elses out there: God created your something out of nothing and the desire that you have to join in the creative process is a Godly one. He values your creations and wants you too to develop and discover "Something from Nothing".