Anyone who knows me know I love creative arts. From crocheting to sewing to making scenery from cardboard, I love it. I have always loved to draw and was fascinated when I discovered reruns of Bob Ross’s painting lessons on cable several years ago. I hinted strongly to my husband that painting supplies and instruction books might be a great gift for Christmas that year. He went “one better.” Upscaling my suggestion, I was privileged and delighted to receive private art lessons from a highly gifted and respected Christian artist and brother in the Lord. Needless to say, they were an incredible blessing, and the Lord eventually moved me to offer art lessons to homeschoolers and others in my home for a couple of years, and also to help out with the art program in a Christian school in our area.
Painting is an exciting art form! God has placed us on this beautiful planet with so much of His glory visibly displayed that reflecting it on canvas or paper can become an act of worship.
At the onset of any art training, one of the first things you learn is the concept of “perspective” – seeing the whole picture. Every picture has a foreground, middleground and background. Things look different up close than they do from a distance. Sometimes you can even observe a photo or a painting, and by focusing in on one small section, discover something beautiful that you hardly knew was there. The whole picture can look totally different. You are viewing it from a different perspective.
Isn’t that the way it is with life? Sometimes we may be going through a trial or a struggle and things look a little out of control . . . maybe even chaotic. If your life were a picture, it might seem disjointed and confusing. That’s when, perhaps, we need to step back and take a look at the big picture. What does it look like from a distance? God has a purpose for whatever comes our way in life, and when you gain that perspective, you are better able to focus in on what you’re currently going through and see how God is using it for His glory. We need to see our struggle through His eyes, from His vantage point. You may just find something beautiful that you might have missed had you not looked at it from the perspective of the Master Artist.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Lee, if you are reading this, thanks. . . not just for great art lessons, but for art lessons from a Godly perspective. And John, thanks for the amazingly thoughtful gift. It carries on in so many areas of my life. I love you.
So if things in your life occasionally appear out of control to you, take a quiet moment to step back and look at the bigger picture, from the perspective of the Master Artist!
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. “ Hebrews 12: 2-3
That’s the view from here . . . .