The Lord has a plan for us in our own gifted expression. Those gifts shift and move and mature as time goes by. Seldom do they remain focused upon a singular mode or means. As an artist/writer I can certainly attest to that fact.
In my “early days” I was challenged by the immeasurable depth of Gods works. Before I even dreamed of being an artist, I was a road salesman; traveling the mountains of Colorado on a daily basis. My exposure was the Continental Divide; the mountains, lakes and streams, and wildlife that passed before me in every season. It was natural that when I began painting, these were the prime subjects of my work.
In what might be called my “middle days” travel again became my ticket to the discovery and depiction of the charm and majesty of man’s creations here in the U.S. and in Europe. In short I painted “things”; buildings, churches, urban settings – hopefully with a message of the grace and spirituality that God had vested in His art-full children as they made things.
In my “later years” My thought shifted from things to the “source of all things” and the hope that His Word might be expressed visually through interpretation of key events that where referenced within the Bible. The common term is “biblical narrative”. Hence Daniel in the Lions Den, Moses and the Commandments, the Last Supper. Christ on the Cross.., His Resurrection; Perhaps more than a hundred in all.
With the thought of bringing “testimony through art” a group of twelve artists were gathered, one at a time, as the Lord willed and commissioned them. We traveled for a period of four years throughout the Northwest setting up shows in churches and visiting galleries with a none-for-sale policy, that we might provide inspiration to both viewers and and fellow artists. My blogs have mentioned how it enriched our lives sharpened our skills, and most importantly it gave witness to God’s workings in us all. As it happens in most all things, it came to an end as we looked to Him for another assignments.
My next excursion was to explore His creativity in the things He made. It stumbled onto this as a marvelous summation, written by Dostoyevsky; “Brothers, love God’s creation, love every atom of it separately, and love it as a whole; love every green leaf, every ray of God’s light; love the annimals and plants and every inanimate object. If you come to love all things, you will perceive God’s mystery inherent in all things; once you have perceived it, you will understand it better and better every day. And finally you will love it with a total, universal love”.
After all this reference to myself and my perception of God’s plan for me, I must ask; “What about you?” Surely He has spoken to you. Surely the Spirit has encouraged you to lift your inner voice in praise in your own and unique way. Art is what it is; a means of communication. It may take many forms.; from the visual to the spoken word – from song to the sympathetic ear. We may all have our view of the greatest sin against God. I submit it is to neglect the gift that is in you. It is about witness. It is about why God has surrounded us with such infinite beauty. It is about praise for how all these things impact our lives and give us newness every day.
If we are to “process” anything, we must first recognize that right down to every grain of sand, every sunset, every situation; He had a plan for it to become part of our life-experience. A deeper part of ourselves is unlocked, a part more compassionate and passionate… and less arrogant, more willing to share life with another life.
When ever this happens, we know the real meaning of happiness. Now that’s a Plan!