Thursday, March 31, 2011

On Art and The Wisdom of Children

Last night on the way home from church, Trevor asked me who made him. I answered God.  Then he went through his little list of family members asking who made them.  I kept answering God.

It got quiet for a second except for the raindrops hitting the windshield, so I asked Trevor who made the rain.  Both kids giggled a bit and exclaimed, "God!"  I mentioned a few other items in creation to which they answered God as well.  I said, "You are right, because God is our creator."  Then Madi, in her childlike innocence yet wisdom declared enthusiastically, "Yes, He's an artist!!!"

I found this interesting because Madi is the child who fills our home with her art.

She is constantly coloring, cutting, creating, and coming up with the neatest things.  I loved this cast she made and had her grandparents sign...

She dreams of taking art lessons and has been delighted to go to an art club two times.  I thought her depiction of popsicles was darling, and noticed her little details.  The popsicles are different colors, some have a bite taken out of them, some are dripping.  It's one of my favorite pictures she has ever drawn.

So it should not surprise me that her five year old heart and mind understand this aspect of God.  To her, He is not only the creator, but an artist as well.  It sort of takes that aspect of who He is to the next level. Madi is an insightful child, and she has perceived the art in the world that surrounds her.  And honestly, I think this is an area in which she identifies with the God of the universe.  She likes art, and so does He.

Children are often wiser than we think.  No wonder Jesus said to let them come unto Him, and said our faith should be like theirs.  Perhaps we would stop more often to marvel at God's artistry and creativity in creation if we stopped to draw popsicles and rainbows and kept life a little bit simpler.  Because she is so right.

He's an artist, indeed.  The best there ever is and was.

Psalm 19:1 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Ephesians 2:10 

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.

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