A sweet blog reader, Kristen sent this link to John Piper on A Theology of Art - it is short and very worth listening to!
He defined art as, "Any effort to make something that takes a special skill so that the result is more than utilitarian but moves more deeply with beauty or wonder touching our soul with a sense that life is more than food or drink." And, "God is an artist."
Art is more than utilitarian indeed, but it does fill a very real need. No, it is not as necessary as air, nourishment and water or sleep. It is exactly why in walking through Sam's with Rachel when I saw the color of the above flowers I told her I did not need them but I did really want them. And, in a different way than true need, I did need them for a part of me that is fed by beauty and creating.
And, then there is this quote from Meg Duerksen whose husband had just asked what they were going to do with the painted egg cartons their kids made on their 4th snow day, "Nothing. We made them to MAKE them. It's fun. It's relaxing. It's good for our minds to create."
Looking for Spring inspiration, I pinned this and this. Joining the two ideas together and using the word Redeemed instead of Remember just because this was the word on my heart and mind during the process.
As I sat and looked at the finished fabric garland - it struck me that they were strips of fabric. Their shape reminded me of the stripes on His back. Their beauty struck me as the beauty of His sacrifice has made a beautiful future for us. We are clean and beautiful to Him because of His free gift to us.
Everything here was pulled from my stash - and as I accumulated a small pile of scraps from the fabric I thought to myself - Ma Ingalls would never throw those scraps away. Meanwhile, an empty jar was staring at me from the mantel and I cut the scraps up smaller and Rachel mixed and fluffed them and now they add color and beauty of their own on the mantel.
What beauty will you create today?