We have such a creative God. I look at the created things of this world and even at myself and I am amazed! Awestruck wonder. How does God do this? I mean create something out of nothing.
We are created in God's image. Amazing! And part of that is re-creating and designing beautiful images, scultures, paintings, stories, architecture, landscaping, drama, music... to glorify God. At Urbana12 I attended the Art Lounge. I feel so at home when I am able to be around other artists who use their gifts and talents in proclaiming the wonderful God and creator that we serve and especially those who can creatively proclaim the message of Christ.
Bette is an arts staff with InterVarsity. I sat in on one of her design discussions as she presented a painting series and opended it up for critique. It is a vulnerable thing for an artist to open up their creation for others comments. But Bette handled it with grace. It was amazingly devotional to consider the stories she told through her art. It made the viewer consider himself/herself in light of eternity and presented God's story in a way not always understood by someone just reading the words in the scriptures. Can you see God's story in full view? Eternity past and eternity future? A small moment in that plan enters Christ, he finished the work he came to do and now we wait for a future without sin, without pain, without death. We wait. Art opened up a new perspective on eternity. But art takes time to consider. We need to slow down wait, listen, feel and respond. I wish I could post Bette's painting here, but I don't have her permission. If you are gifted with any type of creative talent - I encourage you to use it devotionally. Meet with God. Worship Jesus. Allow others to do the same even if they do not have those gifts.
Jesus be glorified through art!
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