The Art in Us

There’s something I’ve been reflecting on lately; and while it doesn’t deal directly with motherhood, I trust it will still encourage your heart just the same!

I come from a family of creatives—my siblings and I create with our hands in the more traditional ways in which people are considered to be, “creative.” My brother is an illustrator, my sister designs and makes amazing things with a sewing machine, fabric and thread, and I delight in expressing myself through photography and writing. My sister and I like to get together and try our hand at other arts like basket weaving, watercolor painting… who knows what we’ll get into next!

Recently, while we were together, I was thinking about how I often feel the need to create. I miss it if I’m away from it too long. I started thinking about why I feel that need. Art decorates our homes, we look at it and it makes us feel happy, but what practical purpose does it serve? When I take time to sit down and paint or create photographs it’s almost rather frivolous. Why does creating make us happy? Why do our creations, our masterpieces make us feel that much more complete once accomplished?

I voiced this question to my sister and I just loved her response. The following is my paraphrase/expanding on what she told me: Exactly! Think of it in this light: God created us… why? He didn’t need us. He created us simply because he takes delight in us. He thinks we’re beautiful! Ephesians 2:10 says this: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Just as any piece of art reveals the artist, so does God’s art—his creation—reveal himself and his heart. Not only did he create each one of us but he creates every cloud-speckled-sky sunset, every unfolding flower, every exploding star and each gaze-worthy mountain. He made every speck of an ant that faithfully goes about its work. He created majestic elephants that express love and emotions for their family. He made every chick in an egg that knows how and when to break out of its shell. He knows every secret of the depths of the ocean and every abstract creature that resides in it because he made it.

He’s constantly making and remaking his original artwork for us to simply enjoy and behold! God loves art. He loves his art. And he put that same joy of creating in us because he made us to be like him (Genesis 1:27). Maybe your art medium is acrylic paints, a perfectly-formulated spreadsheet or flour, sugar & eggs. Maybe your art is organizing or cleaning. Maybe it’s sewing, working-out, listening or gardening. It’s all art when you really think about it.

So be encouraged. Just as I don’t often have a need for my art, I make it anyway; it fulfills me even if I can’t exactly formulate why. God doesn’t need you, but he made you anyway. God made you on purpose for a purpose. Your existence fulfills him. He loves you so much!!

Zephaniah 3:17: “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

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