Considered the vast numbers of birds, fish and flowers with all of their brilliant colors? Pictured the trees in varying heights and shapes? Imagined people and the never-ending uniqueness of their faces, hair color, eyes or skin tone?
God was and is the ultimate artist. Being God, He had the profound opportunity to make something amazing out of the void. Since the time of creation, Solomon tells us, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). While that is true, it’s likely that untold amounts of things are left to be discovered.
I think that is what true art is about, discovering beauty. Madeline L’Engle calls it making cosmos out of chaos. It’s bringing order, and therefore life, to an otherwise dark and dead world. And it’s also about making things beautiful. Isaiah 61 says, “He gives us beauty instead of ashes…”
I want to take you into the story of my friends, Bez and Oho. Their Bible appearance is short but profound.
In Exodus 31, The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.”
God called these men out, filled them with His Spirit and gave them the ability to accomplish all the beautification of the Tabernacle. We may not be called to such a large task but we have the same qualifications. We also have been filled with His Spirit and blessed with skills that help us discover, and in turn, create beauty. It doesn’t matter the medium, be it paint, story, song or movement. The beauty in each of us, and in the world, desperately wants to be discovered.
How will you let your inner artist out? Consider how you might be a creator or curator this week.
By Allison McBrayer