I have only read the first two chapters, but the message was striking enough for me to want to share with you. The topic was this: God is the original artist and is the most perfect artist. Schaeffer references scripture to point this out:
"For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." Colossians 1:16 (NIV)
As humans, though we are created in His image, we are hindered by various barriers to our creativity - language, time, energy, talent, choice, and even sin. God's creations are not bound by these constraints. His creation is limitless. Schaeffer says, "In man there are remnants of the beauty of what God created in the first place." Essentially what she is sharing in these chapters is that WE are created in GOD's image. If we are to be like God, whose creativity is endless, then does our Creator not deserve for us to utilize our gifts, hidden and unhidden, to express our creativity in such a way as to honor Him?
Our human creativity will never match the creations of our God. I know I fall way short of where I could be in terms of using my talents, such that they are. Hopefully by reading this book I can learn how to tap into that side of me and learn ways in which I can give back to the One who created me.
After reading just two chapters, I began to reflect on some places I have visited where I have really stood back and marveled at the majesty of God's creation. I am sharing some of those images below. I would encourage you to take a moment to stop and look around and just reflect on the beauty of God's handiwork. It isn't just found in the grandeur of the mountains and the waves of the ocean. It's in everything He has created, even the tiniest of birds or flowers. Enjoy it. God has given us admission to the most spectacular art gallery - and it's everywhere we go! His creation is painted all over the canvas of Earth which he has given us to inhabit for a time.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
|Zion National Park (Utah) - March 2005|
|Arches National Park (Utah) - July 2005|
|Garden of the Gods (Colorado) - July 2005|
|Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado) - July 2005|
|Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado) - July 2005|
|Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah) - August 2005|
|Sandia Peak (New Mexico) - July 2007|
|Death Valley (California) - August 2007|
|Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) - December 2009|
|Smoky Mountain National Park (Tennessee) - May 2011|
|Atlantic Ocean (South Carolina) - May 2011|