Friday, July 1, 2011

God As Artist

I recently picked up a book which was recommended to me called The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer.  I have finally committed some time to actually reading this book.  It's a 1971 book which, according to the back cover, "will appeal immediately to anyone who believes that the place in which we live needs to be a center of meaningful living and personal enrichment."  She delves into various "hidden arts" giving creative ideas on how to achieve this.

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

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