I thought I was using my whispering voice when I asked my husband, ‘did you notice the rooms painted completely black?’ To my surprise the young wine maker proceeded to answer my question.
Two of the rooms at each end of the winery are painted black to represent tyres, the shiny silver fermentation silos, 6 each side of the big open space represent 12 cylinders, the dead centred stainless-steel crusher – the engine. The ceiling and various support trusses painted Ferrari red, and the floor black and white tiles represent the racing chequered flag.
Probably by now you realise the owner/designer/builder of this amazing winery in Tuscany is very passionate about Ferraris and wine. Yes, he has built the interior of his winery into the side of a hill to represent a Ferrari. We observed the grapes being hand selected with only the best berries used for the wine. And Gian has opted to go against the flow and not adhere to the strict Chianti Classico requirements, hence the iconic chianti black rooster is ‘cooked’ on the back of his logo.
So where and how do I see God in this experience?
Recently at our staff meeting John Proeve shared the Gosnki report regarding the Review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools. The report Recommendations for school education, priority two stated:
Equip every child to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world.
Every young Australian should emerge from schooling as a creative, connected, and engaged learner with a growth mindset that can help to improve a student’s educational achievement over time …
The word ‘creative’ in this statement reminded me that God gave each of us talents and creative minds. The first verse in the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth” (Genesis 1:1).
As He formed us in His image, we’re creative, too!
When God formed the universe, He shaped majestic mountains, scenic lakes, vast oceans and awe-inspiring deserts. He incorporated multiple colours, amazing patterns, and variety in animals and plants. All this creative beauty for us to enjoy.
In the building of the Tabernacle Moses invites the craftsman to creatively apply their skills, of one craftsman He says: “The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft.” (Exodus 35:31-33)
The creative part of our brains which God has made mimics His creative genius and inspires us. God can speak to us in the most unlikely places and in the most unlikely ways – perhaps even sitting in a Ferrari and designing a winery. Our creativity is like God’s, vast, unlimited and unique to us.
In our community His creativity is our creativity. What wonderful opportunities we have in our learning communities to set free and explore our creativity, expressing it to the glory of God and for the common good and joy of all.