Evening Stroll, a new piece created “just because.” Click for details.
Hey believer, here’s one for you, especially along the lines of art and the finer things. Sometimes it’s easy to doubt whether what we’re doing, making, enjoying are the essential things, and thus worthy of our time, expense, occupation. I make paintings. But life goes on without paintings. So should I be doing it at all? That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about. You’ve wondered it too, in your context.
But here’s an insight. It comes right out of the story of the miracle at Cana. You know the one, everybody does; it’s where Jesus turned water into wine. I’ve often wondered that this was Jesus’ first miracle, really just to keep the party going. It wasn’t one of the more profoundly necessary ones, like giving sight to the blind, healing lepers, raising the dead. It was “general,” surreptitious (only the servants knew), and basically just solved a catering problem.
But here’s the take away, at least for me: Wine and art are similar. Both are “extra.” Both are “special.” At the wedding, once the wine was gone they could have still gotten by. Just not well. Jesus kept it going well. He blessed the finer things.
I’ll take that . . . and keep doing art . . . always seeking help . . . which I see again, he freely gives.
God bless us everyone.