At the end of 2021, our dear friend invited my wife and I to attend a Christmas-themed Painter’s Palette Canvas Painting Night fundraiser for the art club at the high school where she teaches. When we received the invite, we immediately signed up to participate. I felt rather excited as the event drew near. When I was younger, I always enjoyed painting. At one point in time, I had painted more than a dozen abstract paintings. I always found abstract paintings interesting. The way that the lines of color would come together and the shapes that could be created always fascinated me. However, one evening while I was away from my home, the house was burglarized and the paintings were stolen. Since that happened, I had never had the opportunity to paint again. That is until we received this invitation.
I was not only excited about the opportunity to get to paint again, but also about the opportunity to be able to spend an evening with my wife doing something together that we had not previously done as a couple. Between leading our own ministry, working at our church, raising our children, and being responsible for a variety of other activities, we truly cherish the opportunities we have to do things together as a couple, especially when they are something new. I knew that this evening would provide us with a great opportunity to create a new memory together.
When we arrived at the event, I was still not sure what painting we would be creating. I soon found out that the painting would depict the three wise men as they traveled toward the manger where Jesus was. I had never really tried to paint something that was not abstract so I was not sure how things would go. As we started the process, I found that it was nowhere near as difficult as I thought it may be. One of the critical aspects of the painting was the blending of colors to create a natural transition in the lights of the sky. As I was doing this portion of the painting, I was reminded of the abstract paintings that I used to create. The process of seeing the colors blend to create new ones was very satisfying and creating a natural progression of colors across the sky was something that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Not only did I enjoy the process of creating my painting, but what truly made the evening special was being able to sit next to my wife and watch her create her own version as well. As we each painted it was so interesting to see little flashes of our individual personalities coming through. The painting was the same general design and depicted the same scene and yet, there was no mistaking the differences between the two versions. By the time it was done there was no doubt which painting belonged to me and which painting belonged to her. I believe that this was a beautiful example of how God has created each of us differently and uniquely. Not only have we been created uniquely by Him, but that uniqueness is then reflected in the things that we create. May God be glorified!
By the end of the evening, my wife and I had both created not only a beautiful painting, but also a wonderful memory together. Today we have both of our paintings on display in our home and have had the opportunity to attend other art events as well. As a result of these events, we have added to our art collection and look forward to one day being able to display these in the ministry building that we believe will be coming in the future.
In addition, remember how I mentioned that I used to create abstract paintings when I was young? Several months after my wife and I had the opportunity to create our first painting together, I was blessed to be able to create an abstract painting again. One evening, my wife was leading a lady’s ministry group, and my daughter, my younger son, and I painted together. I created a small painting and made a great memory with a couple of our children. This was the first time I had created an abstract painting in over twenty years, and I certainly believe that it will not be the last!
As I reflect more and more on these experiences, I am reminded that although God has created each of us uniquely, just like the different paintings, there is also an enemy who desires to deceive us. The enemy wants to make us think that we are not special, that we are not gifted or talented, and that we cannot express who He has created us to be. If that is you today then the Lord wants you to know that you are His masterpiece. He blended together every part of your being with the most vibrant of colors and the greatest of techniques. Every brushstroke was made with perfect precision and no detail was overlooked. In fact, you are made in His image (Genesis 1:26)! “Therefore you are perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48, NIV). You are His greatest expression of art, and it is time for you to accept who you are. You are created to be His child and to love Him and be loved by Him!
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