Here is the second installment of art I've created on a touch screen computer. I've never been much for really abstract types of art but creating on a computer, my fingers touching the smooth glass of the touch screen, it's a different story. Its actually soothing to create on this computer.
I'm reminded that our life is a like a work of art. Kind of cliché right? But it really is. In Ephesians God is the creator of us, "His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works." As an artist, the word "workmanship" really speaks to me. I am his "Art work" that He created and is molding and shaping even now. And as something that He created he wants me to also create. Through a synergistic relationship with Him, MY creator, he wants his creative energy to flow through me.
I'm reminded of Jim Elliot who said that he felt God's pleasure when he ran. He said this statement when his sister was trying to persuade him to go to the mission field right away. She did not see the "spiritual" value of him running in the Olympics. Jim knew he was good at running and he knew God created him to run. Therefore when he ran he experienced his creator's pleasure.
When we do what Jesus created us to do, He is pleased. We may feel His pleasure.
Another real part of creating a piece of art is mistakes. Many people when drawing, painting or just doing life feel like they totally messed up when they make a mistake. I have told art students and told peers that mistakes in art are opportunities. An artist that lives in a state of grace while creating knows that a "mistake" is not the end of the piece but an opportunity to add something a little different then what they expected. The mistake may add another layer of texture of a detail that makes the art even better.
I feel like that is how we should look at life. Look at your mistakes, your so-called failures or inability to "measure-up" as opportunities for THE Artist to create something different and beautiful in your life.
Some of the most beautiful art has very light colors and very dark colors. There is a lot of contrast. And so maybe it is with us, we have BRIGHT times of great joy and victory and dark times of struggle and self doubt. Maybe it's all a part of the great masterpiece God is creating from your life. The dark times are not mistakes but the backdrop to the bright days of greater beauty God wants to display in your life.
Remember YOU ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP! You are his piece of Art work, his greatest masterpiece. He promises to make beauty from ashes and to work all things together for our good. To take our mistakes and failures and make them "work" into the canvas of our lives.
p.s. Click on the pictures to see them larger!