by Mike Jensen, Alumnus
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” Genesis 6:5-6
As a designer, I’ve come to find that it’s the eternal curse of people who work as “creatives” to eventually hate everything you’ve made. My portfolio from even a year ago is a nearly infinite source of embarrassment. When you’ve moved on from the place you occupied during the time of your creative energy, the shortcomings of the work seem to signify more than a flaw in the design. They represent a flaw in yourself, your character.
This is the only place in the Bible that I can think of where God is shown to despair of the creation. How must God have felt, looking at the creation, seeing every flaw of our sin expressed as physical pain and suffering on Earth? But that despair didn’t last. We know that God’s love is more powerful than the sin in our hearts.
Help us to find hope and joy in our own creation, as you were able to, O God. Amen.