I like most all things creative, a well written poem, a play doh sculpture, a sidewalk chalk drawing, an engaging book, a thought provoking photograph, an artfully decorated cake, well, the list could continue on and on. The ability to thoughtfully create something is one of the greatest gifts we as a race have been given by our loving creator.
There is so no way I could describe the feeling I have when I find myself applying the my creative giftedness to a canvas or paper. I dont get the opportunity to do it much. But when I can… there is something about those moments. I get giddy with anticpation. I find my thoughts racing. My mood actually is lifted. I get lost in what I am doing. And it’s not because I am so very skilled. There are many, many artists out there whose skill far exceeds my own. (My daughter is one of those people.)
But just beacuse I so enjoy it.
I was thinking recently how we are all made in God’s image.
You. Me. Your spouse. Your parents.Your siblings. All made in God’s image.
God is a wonderous creator. He delighted in creating us.
It says in Psalms 139:15 that we were skillfully made.. When you look up the word skillfully (in Hebrew: raqam) it literally means to “to variegate; to mix colors”… Isn’t that beautiful?
I saw something interesting in that definition.
I like to paint whenever I can find the extra time. I grab a styrafoam plate off the top of my fridge, and the shoe box of paints. I squirt a quarter size amount of blue, red, yellow, brown, white and black… I use the primary colors to create whatever color I need.
A dusty blue for the sky. A muddied green for grassy leaves. And often times I run out of the mixed color I created.
Then I have to try to recreate that shade… I know for the dusty blue I used blue, a bit of white and a bit of brown. But try as I might, I cannot duplicate that shade. I can get close, but a exact.
God created us that way… a mixed color. Not to be duplicated. Never to be recreated.
Only once in all of creation will he mix a colorful you.
Only once will the world see the work of art that is you.
So, I say, let your colors shout! Let them be loud!
Figure out what the tone of your mix is… and turn up the volume!!