“And God saw that it was Good” Part 2: Goodness of Creation

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. — Genesis 1:31

I've always wondered why the Hebrew bible decided to use the word "good" as opposed to something else, say precious, pleasing, or even perfect. To some of you, these words mean all the same, but according to author Rob Bell, there is a difference.

In his book Velvet Elvis, he writes, "When we say 'perfect', what we generally mean is 'static' or 'fixed' or 'unchanging'. It has reached a state in which there is going to be no more change." Perfection also implies a sense of self-sufficiency and independence; it has no need or want. However, when we are dealing with something that is "good," it means there is the continually need to grow, to change and to produce new things. It continually produces because its source—God, the Creator—is full of energy and creativity. Without God, we cannot survive on our own and instead wither.

That is to say, I wholeheartedly doubt that God ever meant for us to remain static. In fact, I don't think that life offers a state of latency; we either grow or wither depending on where we root ourselves on. And the amazing, and I suppose the crazy thing about this truth is that God calls us to tend and to grow that goodness in all of the land. It is so that we may enjoy such new fruits with Him. We are called to be stewards of this goodness.

But this goodness does not preclude only to nature. It encompasses all of life.

I, for one, have an affinity towards typography. Particularly because typography has a profound effect on how people receive your words because it is the visual representation of the words that we all express. 

Before now, different types of fonts were being created as they grew out of necessity. As different mediums of communication evolved over time, different types were created to accommodate the medium that relayed information. Yes, we are talking from Moses chiseling The Commandments on slabs of stone, to papyrus, then paper and letterpress, and now digital printing. All of these mediums have called for new forms of typography. However, given that most things have gone digital now, we have a plethora of different types to use when writing something to someone. 

And such typography gives us an impression of how to feel when reading a message.

For example, which 'voice' would you trust more?

Fig. A

Fig. A

Fig. B

Fig. B

Even though the phrases are written with the same words, they speak to you in two different ways. For some people, Fig A. may seem like a sophisticated gentleman reassuring you. But for others, it may read as an overconfident salesman trying or pressuring to sell you on something. Fig B. may come across more in a softer way. This is the beauty of typography. Without knowing it, words can speak to us in a different tone simply based on how they look. We can go on and on about different types (such as the title of the eerie "Goosebumps" book series), but I think you get the picture.

As Dekae posted, he believes God's primary mode of communication is through words, and typography is another vehicle for expressing and emphasizing those words to make them stick. No way am I suggesting we are more "perfect" now over God due to the addition of type faces, but it truly is amazing to know that God has entrusted us with language. God has gifted us with language, and to be stewards of it, so that we may be able to communicate and emphasize greater aspects of God's truth in this world.

For those of you trying to decipher this, it's the letters in the word 'goodness' scattered around and restyled.

Language is something that will always be with humanity. It is the bedrock by which we continually grow—it shapes our thoughts, records our history, and changes our culture. Typography is one facet of language that will help our culture grow and communicate quicker. And the best thing though is that all of us have our own unique typographical fingerprint: our handwriting. That is why hand-written letters feel so heartfelt because you are leaving your words on a page with a small piece of yourself attached to them. Every letter and punctuation are a part of you. It is this goodness of God's creation that we may be able to see such language be communicated that will immensely change the way we think and feel.