Are you an art lover? Do you frequent art shows and museums? Lots of folks do, but my creative curiosity leans toward natural wonders. Hard to find a larger painted canvas than a mountain range, the sky, an ocean, the Grand Canyon, a desert. Better yet, their beauty evolves as you study them depending on the time and weather. Sometimes a cloudy day projects more hues and contours than a sunny one. Sometimes you’re blessed with the opportunity to watch the artist at work.
And that’s where I found myself one day while cleaning up my flower garden in anticipation of spring. All around me lay dead and dried remains of summer’s beauty when I noticed an intense beam of light painting the tall stalks of plumegrass beside me. One by one the feathery tips glided from tan to gold as the sun set behind the distance hill. The transformation resembled an artist meticulously applying a new color of paint to each stem. Ripping off my dirty gloves, I whipped out my phone and snapped several pictures, hoping to capture the golden moment. Unfortunately, a photograph doesn’t always portray the full glory we’re seeing, but I have the memory—the feeling—of awe and inspiration I was allowed to witness. The wonderful news is God sees us the same way, and Ephesians 2:10 describes his artistic goal. “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.” Yes, despite my imperfections, God sees me as a masterpiece . . . just more proof of his unconditional love available to anyone.
What are your artistic interests? How do you spend your creative energy?