"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

6/25/12

Where To Find Art

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing
 power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

My daughter's favorite
As a rule, when I think of works of art, I think of art galleries. Maybe fine hotels. And perhaps private collectors' homes. And those works of art are generally created in marble, oil paint, stone, or other such "traditional" materials.

Until a year or so ago, I would never consider searching for a work of art on pavement.

But that was before I visited the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival in Byron Center, Michigan last year. It very quickly captured the heart, and imagination, of me and my family. (Check out last year's winners here) So, of course, we went back this year - just this past weekend. And were again amazed at what beauty can be made on a sidewalk with calcium sulfate and a bit of talent (okay - maybe more than a bit).
  
Just shows you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. 

It's just like the Lord's work in our lives. Nobody in their right mind can look at their life and think there is any way God could use them  for good. We  lie. We cheat, We steal. We are selfish, greedy, and covetous. Nothing we do - even if we try to be "good" - is considered pleasing in His sight. We might as well be pavement and calcium sulfate, compared to His expensive oil paint and marble.


But He uses us anyway. With His power in us, our "clay jars" can hold the amazing treasure of His blessings, power, and every one of the fruits of His spirit.

So don't be surprised where you find God's blessings. You're just as likely to find His masterpiece in the Louvre as on asphalt.

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Do you feel unworthy to be used by God? Do you assume that certain people are not believers because of how they look, what they do, or how they act? Can you see how these thoughts are wrong - how God can, and does, use ANYTHING for His glory?


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11 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed when I see things like this! Here in Colorado they have an ice sculpting festival in the winter, and people walk up with their chainsaws and other tools and go to work, creating amazing pieces of art right on the spot. It's awesome!

    I've definitely had times where I've judged people based off how they look or act, and it just leads to close-mindedness. Keeping our eyes open to all the wonderful things God's created in the world makes up better people for ourselves and for Him.

    Thanks for this post!

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  2. I've seen ice sculptures like that too, Cindy - AMAZING what can come from a chainsaw! LOL And judging is SO easy, isn't it? So glad God is in us to help us to see things through His eyes!

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  3. Wow, those are some pretty talented artists indeed. Love the tie-in.

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  4. Thanks, Wanda. Isn't it amazing when God gives you lessons like that in the most unlikely places? (and I LOVE the chalk art. Amazing artists is right!)

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  5. Great post, Joanne! May we never forget who made us. :)

    Loved the pictures. That must have been a blast!

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  6. Thanks, Jen :) It WAS a blast for sure. My son wants to draw next year, though I'm not sure he's old (or patient LOL) enough.

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  7. What talent! It IS hard to believe that the Lord can use us - mere clay pots. But that's the neat thing...when His blessings flow out of our lives, others see Him. Great post, Joanne! God bless!

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  8. Thanks, Maria! Love the idea of seeing blessings flowing out of those clay pots. Have a great day!

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  9. Isn't it amazing how an artist can take nothing and make something great. God is the greatest artist, and His work is everywhere! Angie

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  10. NOTHING is more beautiful than God's artwork. thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Those pictures were amazing! I feel like chalk quite often, unworthy not made of much, and it's all true but I don't let that fact keep me from basking in His grace and being used.

    A picture says a thousand words. I hope I say much for Jesus without saying anything at all. Even if it's a picture made with chalk. :)

    Loved this, Joanne!

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