Creativity: A Gift from the Creator
Yesterday, a thief stole several artworks from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. The New York Times reported that “a lone, hooded intruder, clad in black, managed to break into the Art Deco building by the Seine overnight Wednesday.”
The works, by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Léger and Modigliani are considered masterpieces. Art created by artists with incredible gifts. And, up until yesterday, the public has been able to enjoy the beauty and intricacies of their work.
Now that the works have been stolen, few people will see and admire them. Detectives speculate that the work was stolen as collateral for black market loans. And, because the pieces are so well known, they will not be sold–at least publicly.
And so, these beautiful masterpieces, painted as an expression of life, will be hidden away from public view. Art that honors the Creator. Art that reminds us of the gifts He provides. Art that displays His creativity and the beauty of creation. Concealed and secreted away.
The thought makes me sad.
God took up His paintbrush, His color palate, His voice to create this beautiful world. And then, in His image, He created us. He gave us the gift of creativity. Not to hide. But to share as a reflection of Him. To express passionately in response to Him. Even as an act of worship.
So, today, I open my eyes and heart and seek beauty. I write as a response to Him. I seek beauty in the world around me. And I am reminded that He shows us that beauty and creativity come from Him.
I stand in awe and wonder. God. First painter, potter, dancer, writer, poet, singer, songwriter. His creation gives me hope.
And so, to the lone, hooded intruder, clad in black, I pray that you will cast your eyes on God’s creation–His masterpiece–and that His grace and hope will become real to you.