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In the first book of the Bible, we have one of the most illuminating aspects of God’s love for humanity, the Bible says in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created…” Have you ever considered the awesomeness of God creating art? Well, that is exactly what God has done. For the Bible suggest that in the very beginning, the world as we know it now was without form and God fashioned it and gave us sky, water, land, vegetation, trees, birds, humanity, etcetera. The more time I spend in nature, the more I see God’s hand at work. The more I see diversity in people, the more I see God as an awesome artist. I love art, particularly abstract art, it is the very expression of one’s creativity and application of the imagination.
Art is good for the soul; it is full of inspiration, motivation, and healing. When we view art in any form, we experience measures of emotions i.e. joy, peace, adventure, empathy, creativity, and love. Art has a way of changing the way we view the world and one another. It has transformed people's hearts for centuries.
In antiquity, art was understood primarily through the work of archeologists and the analysis of architectural structures such as temples, tabernacles, pottery, metalwork, and carvings. The Temple of Solomon is probably one of the most talked about architectural arrangements of all times. King Solomon hired thousands of craftsmen to assist in the building of the Temple. As a matter of fact, he sent to Phoenicia and summoned Hiram of Tyre, a master craftsmen who added significant luxurious fixtures to the Temple (1 King 7:-13-45). As people of God, many of us have lost our sense of passion for God’s creation. If we valued it more maybe we would take care of it better.
The Bible depicts art in all forms e.g. buildings, sculptures, and architecture. God’s creation is full of diversity and inclusion, it is colorful and adventurous never need a realistic starting point.
This is why I love art, and one of my favorite forms is abstract art. It allows me the freedom to wonder and imagine. It inspires me to see the world and people as I choose to without judgment or ridicule.
When is the last time you took the time to really enjoy nature sitting in the park people watching, the sound of water, birds singing, ducks flapping, and the winds blowing. When is the last time you sat on the top of your car looking up at the clouds guessing what figure they were forming?
For some this may sound too old school. The point is, get to know yourself more, enjoy life, live on purpose. If we spend more time valuing God’s creation, we gain closeness with the Creator. We build our relationship with God and dialogue begins out of our curiosity.
Inquisitiveness pulls us closer to God just as Moses was drawn to God by an all-consuming fire…all because he was curious about a part of God’s creation ( a bush burning in the midst of rocks). If the truth be told, I believe God to be the very first artist. I get to explore life at any angle I choose, meeting God in every design. The Word of God reminds us of the first Creator of all time. Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created…”
Today, I challenge you to inspire your heart with some form of art – grow closer to God by embracing all forms of God’s creation.
Pray with me ‘Spirit of the Living and Holy God, thank you for inspiring me with your creation and through the work of artistry - Amen!’
Author Pastor Victoria L. Burson
New Members 'Seekers Class'
June 20, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Youth and Young Adult Sunday
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Ages 12 - 34
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