There are a few artists in my family. My mother is one of them, so in honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to write about art and show off some of her work. While I would not say that I am overly artistic, I do enjoy occasionally pulling out some watercolor pencils. I love the feeling of finishing a drawing. I haven’t had much training, so I’m usually surprised to find that my drawing remotely resembles the image I intended. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am finished, and I always hope that what I created will bring about at least a small amount of enjoyment to someone else.
I think that God uses art to grant us a little bit of insight into who He is. We can see that even a small work of art takes focus and energy to design and create. It takes careful concentration to visualize where to place objects in relation to a scene that we are composing, just as the Lord must have put much thought into each aspect of creation. We can also catch a glimpse of the joy God has in His completed masterpiece because we know the joy of seeing a challenging piece of artwork slowly come together. This beautiful world that we take for granted is the result of His careful thought and attention to detail. Psalm 19:1 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” It only takes a moment of viewing a colorful sunset over a quiet lake or the moon shimmering on the ocean to see that beauty was an important part of God’s design. His attention to detail is evident in the patterns and shapes of flower petals, differences in tree barks, variety in sunrises and sunsets, and all throughout nature. I imagine He felt the same type of joy an artist feels when they complete their work, and it seems clear in the many breathtaking views in nature that He intended that His work bring enjoyment to those He created.
Each of us is a part of God’s artwork, and His attention to detail in us in order to bring joy is evident as well. In Isaiah 64:8, we are reminded, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” God molded us as a potter molds clay. When I read this, the first image in my mind is of someone at a pottery wheel wielding a vase. When they first begin, it is hard to believe that a lump of clay would turn into a vase or bowl that is both beautiful and functional. The potter patiently guides the clay with his hands, and the clay takes on different shapes as it gradually begins to resemble a bowl or vase. It takes time before an outsider can see the vision that the potter has for the clay, but it slowly becomes apparent as the potter continues to guide the clay. God slowly and carefully molds us so that we can carry out the beautiful purpose He has for us that will bring joy to Him and to others, and just as it is not always easy to see what the potter’s vision is, it is not always easy to see how God is shaping us. However, we know from His character that it will be beautiful. We also know that just as an artist or potter is angry if another person causes the least bit of damage to their work, the Lord will be angry if anyone does harm to the work He has so scrupulously fashioned. If we want to see more of who God is, we need to look no further than the people, animals, and nature around us that reveal a part of who He is.
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