in the beginning

In Genesis 1, God created the world, and it was perfect. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve sinned, and by chapter 7, there was so much sin that God sent a flood to destroy almost all of creation.What the bible says is this: “And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” (Gen 6:6, ESV)

I read this verse with a new perspective after dabbling in Zentangle for the past week. So many times I have put my pen to paper, drawing what looks perfect, until I make a mistaken stroke, or I take a step back, and I see that the beauty that I sought to create isn’t there. And I feel – not grieved, but – a sense of disappointment.

But I have also learnt, over the past week, that there are no mistakes in Zentangle. All mistakes are just a different way of doing things, and even if something looks really bad, it can always be added to, shaded, or changed in some way to restore the harmony in the tile. This echoes the work that God did, sending His son to forgive sins and renew the world, and to eventually restore the world back to its perfect state.

Zentangle is a new hobby. I don’t know how long it will last. But for as long as it lasts, I hope to experience more of what God the Creator experienced, and to draw nearer to His heart.