According to Richard Rohr, the prophets in a social structure stand off-center in a place of observation. Their position on “the edge of inside” affords them a view that is informed and yet independent. From this vantage point, the Apostle John was given the divine direction: “Write what you see.” And he saw plenty.
Artists are those who are given the gift of vision. A poet renders nature as a network of words; a watercolor artist spreads light and dark with a damp brush. In four places in Scripture, God is identified metaphorically as a potter, and, made in his image, we also delight in the creation of useful and beautiful things. This response to beauty should not surprise us, for it is a mark of the Maker. The glory of this is that as seers, we become partners in revelation; we bring beauty into view.
The Redbud Post this month features articles about Art as a Christian, and I’m grateful for the privilege of adding my own thoughts on the topic. The writing of Luci Shaw, Makoto Fujimura, and Andrew Peterson have inspired me to some sacred ponderings, and I invite you into the process here, as usual, and also over at The Redbud Post where you can read the rest of my essay and also take in a half dozen or more other articles on the same topic. Join me there?
What life-giving practices enable you to honor God and embody the gospel while, at the same time, cultivating the creativity that is at the heart of what it means to be fully human?
Are you living in awareness of the rich evidence of purpose, the fingerprints of God upon his world, and then inviting others into the creative process?
Can we listen and respond to the voice of God as he speaks truth to the world (and directly to our searching hearts) through beauty, order, and grace?
Do we view the circumstances of our lives (whatever they may be) as the continual reshaping and remaking of our Potter God?
What might God be saying to you about the creativity that is your gift from Him?
What is God’s invitation to you in this? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below…
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