Written by Faye L.
It is so fun to express creativity through art! And what better way to gain inspiration than to go to the Master Artist? Certain days (though it should be everyday!), I really do long to shout out for joy and thank God over and over again for the beauty He has placed in the world around me, just waiting to activate my creative spark.
When you are an artist, it is relatively easy to spot the beauty surrounding you. Whether a funky, pretty dress or the unique design of an individual snow flake. Things most people count as ugly, normal, ordinary, uninteresting, and boring even, we artists see as beautiful, unique, exciting, fascinating, and full of potential. A dead ivy vine? It has the opportunity to come to life with just a tiny bit of creativity.
But, you do not have to be an artist to see God's handiwork in the pretty things of this earth.
Searching for God's fingerprint of beautiful things is not the key. The key is seeing the beauty, neglecting to actively search it out. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10a) comes to mind at the moment. Even for an artist- who loves color and detail- this can be tricky.
This afternoon I decided to stop and take notice of the beauty around me I have lately been ignoring. I planned on experimenting with photography. I gathered my supplies- the essentials being my Canon T3i body and both my 18-55mm lens and macro. As I stepped out the backdoor, I was greeted by the brisk, chilled October wind, the overcast skies, all wetted by a previous steady rain fall. A confetti of colorful orange, red, yellow, and brown leaves whirled and glided through the air, the ground already a bed of vibrancy. Ah! How I love chilly Autumn days like this one! A day like this could only be perfected by a slice of gluten-free, vegan apple pie and a cup of vanilla chai tea!
I gripped my camera. At first glance, it was "just" the familiar yard- nothing new and exciting to be seen. Yet in time, God seemed to point out all His artistic touches and masterpieces. The vibrant red of a single little leaf. The way the red leaves jived with the yellow, leafy background. Soon I was fascinated by a curvy brown and green speckled pumpkin stalk, the crinkly waving leaves of a wilted sapling, the protruding now-bare branches of a lilac bush. I brought outdoors a harvest flower arrangement I made a few days ago and began creatively positioning it for creative photographs. Everything seemed to shout out the Master Artist's creativity and over all beauty.
Yes, God has indeed created the ordinary to be extraordinary! I find it profound that God proclaims His glory in His creation... and we are part of that creation! In the same way He shows us beauty in the "ordinary" things of life, He shows His beauty in the ordinary people (you and me). He uses us to proclaim His glory. Now that's a humbling thought!
Stop a moment and please dare to visualize the beautiful things God has given us to enjoy... family and friends, sunny days as well as the cloudy ones, the pitter-patter of rain on a roof-top, the luscious smell and the familiar crunch of leaves under your feet during Fall, and the list goes on and on. While we are not to grow attached to earthly things, we can still find beauty in them. Clothing, a comfy bed, a beautiful piece of art, etc.
Spotting genuine beauty on earth, I've found, is the first step to finding contentment and thanksgiving. Let us "be still" and take note of the beauty surrounding us.
"For His [God's] invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made." Romans 1:20a ESV
"Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honor and majesty who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain." Psalm 104: 1-2 KJV (I suggest reading the entire psalm in your devotions one day!)
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