Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #222 — Dance of the Trinity

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Won’t you join me on the dance floor today? This is going to take some artistic license and creative choreography, but I hope you will join me with open mind, heart and eyes.

When I first watched this dance to Luminus on So You Think You Can Dance (2015), I was immediately taken with what I saw as the image of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three dancers dancing and creating together in unity and beauty. Let me describe what I see in this dance. You can follow along with the times throughout the video indicated.

To set the stage, Derek Piquette (left) represents God the Father, Gaby Diaz (middle) dances the Holy Spirit, and Moises Parra (floor) represents Christ. SYTYCD 2015 2From the very beginning of the dance, we see three persons from one God. The smoke creates an ethereal mist and the stars an image of space and time being created. Just as the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the earth so too do they (0:34) as the three work together to create all of earth and mankind. Then God steps forward as the Great I AM (0:35+), Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Next the Holy Spirit steps forward (0:41+) bringing artistry to the Tabernacle through the Spirit-filled artist Bezalel, the gifts of the Israelite people, and the worship of the Levites, revealing the beauty of God (0:51). Then as they dance in unison, we see them working together to demonstrate God’s faithfulness and sovereignty throughout the history of his people.

As they break out of unison at 1:19+ we see their struggle as it is now time for Christ to reveal the fullness of God’s love. Jesus steps down into creation (1:24+) to bring us into relationship through the fulfillment of the plan of salvation. At 1:31+ (and photo below), we see Christ submitting to the will of the Father while God balks at the separation from his Son. Yet the Holy Spirit reaches upward knowing this plan must be fulfilled for the love of God to be fully known by those he would call his children.

SYTYCD 2015

At the same time, Christ dies yet quickly rises again, and they are unified once more as they face creation with hearts and bodies open to all who will receive their gift of love.

I would ask that you first watch the video to catch the moments described above, and then watch it again (and perhaps again), allowing it to wash over you. May you be caught up in the Dance of the Trinity. And as you see God open his heart toward you, won’t you say yes?

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

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Create-A-DayWhat is Create-A-Day?  Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply in worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!
* I am a proponent of family time and Sabbath rest so don’t look for posts on weekends or Holidays.
God's Creative Gift by Jody ThomaeJody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She performs, teaches, choreographs, preaches, coordinates and leads JodyThomaeCDcoverart_FA_printworkshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.
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3 thoughts on “Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #222 — Dance of the Trinity

  1. The beauty of this dance just welled up tears from my soul. There is a Richard Rohr quote that it brought to mind, “God is a circle dance of total outpouring and perfect receiving among three intimate partners who receive their Total Self from another and then hand it on to another, who repeats the self-emptying act of love to a third.” When I share the journal image created with this quote, I will be including a link to this video. Thank you so much, Jody.

      • Thank you Vonda! Dance and music are my first love so sometimes I see things others don’t. Glad to know someone else sees with me. LOVE the RR quote — I think I’ll use it for FB posts!!
        Creative blessings, my friend,
        Jody

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