July 12, 2014
Art and Artists - Episode 6
I never considered myself an artist - not in all my life, up till about 3 years ago. I was married at the young age of 20, and gave birth to honeymoon identical twin daughters 9 months later. Instant family.
I never saw all the creativity it took to raise and nurture a family. I only saw my mistakes. Because of the fact that I didn't yet understand the grace of God (though I was a Christian) I never considered myself an artist...just a flawed mom and tired preacher's wife.
Knowing what I know today, I consider it part of my life's work to nurture the art and the artist inside every woman.
Art is simply a form of the verb "to be"...
If you are alive and breathing, you are living art. You are creating a life for yourself and those you love - either by design, or by default.
Because theologically, everyone is creative because we were all made in the image of a creative God.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep..."
God fills voids with Himself. He is still filling voids today - if you come to the God of the Bible, the Jesus of Scripture, God still fills the empty space of your heart with His Spirit.
God is still at work, creating beautiful things out of the dust. My life and yours is proof.
To be an artist...to create art...is to simply fill a void with ourselves or our gifts.
Only a fraction of us are supposed to fill empty places with our canvases or our sculptures or our movies or songs.
But we are all supposed to fill voids with whatever our gift is - be that raising a family, cooking a meal, running a business, building, preaching, or plumbing. All are creative acts, done by creative people.
A great book on the theology of grace:
The book One Way Love
by Tullian Tchividjian (the grandson of Billy Graham)
Books and artists who have influenced and impacted me:
The book The Art of Life by the late Edith Schaeffer
The book Walking on Water by the late Madeline L'Engle*
Anything and everything by the very much alive and well abstract artist Makoto Fujimura
6720 Kern Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37921
*This book (by Madeline L'Engle) is by far my favorite...