If someone were to capture my life in a painting, what would
it look like? Would it have the muted palette of the impressionist? Would it
possess the unembellished detail of the realist? Perhaps it would mirror the
chaotic abstract expressionism of a Jackson Pollack or better yet, a Joni Parsley
original…stick figures! Nonetheless, I think I’ll go with all of the above.
Life has beauty that is indescribable but can best be
interpreted by its creator much like the artist explaining his work. If you’ve
ever been to an art museum or gallery, or taken an art history class, art
enthusiasts readily express their high-brow analysis of an artist’s work. Who
really knows except the artist himself? Unless a description accompanies the
work, it’s left to the person viewing said work to draw their own conclusion.
As for people, we are created in the image of God each with
unique qualities and gifts that set us apart from one another. What a
perfectionist our Creator is! He numbered the hairs on our heads and made each
of us with different fingerprints that can only be seen microscopically. That
said, how can we judge what we don’t
know? Moreover, how can we judge who
we don’t know? We can stand from afar
and study someone, make assumptions, and draw conclusions but only the Creator
knows what He had in mind when His inspired breath spoke us into being. Only a
creator understands the concept; only they know their original intent. Try as
we may, we can’t fully understand their vision. If we can’t fully
conceptualize, how can we rightfully criticize?
A lover of art is called an art enthusiast; a person who
appreciates the gift even if they can’t interpret a work exactly as intended.
To look at a work of art is to appreciate its beauty and the value of the
talent that brought a thought to life.
I was in an art class and all of us were given the same
assignment. I am definitely not an artist and thankfully, this was an
introductory class. The instructor told us to take our blank canvas and layer
colors that represented our past, present, and future. Each student had the same instructions but
performed the task as the mind’s eye viewed it and each did so differently. When it was time for each of us
to present our work, no two pieces were the same …not even close. My concept
was my life as a Christian so I started with orange to represent my past as a
sinner which made me think of the flames of hell! I saw my present as redeemed
so I layered white over that. I saw my future as eternity in Heaven so I
layered a sky blue over the other two colors and though it was no Picasso, it
was very interesting. However, if I hadn’t explained it, it would just be globs
of colors to someone else. Another student saw her life in shades of gray
because she suffered from depression. Another student saw his past, present,
and future like a traffic light. It was quite fascinating to hear and see the interpretation
of every individual concept and finished product. Each of us had
the same assignment and each of us had a past, present, and future but each of
us captured it differently on that blank canvas.
Likewise, we begin with a blank canvas, an assignment, and
the palette that represents our past, present, and future. We are a work of
art! We can be lovers of souls and “people enthusiasts”, if you will! I don’t
need to understand something to appreciate it and, in addition, I can seek to further understand and value the creation and its Creator.
People have value; inestimable worth because nothing or no
one else is fashioned in His likeness and that makes us, well… priceless.