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Let’s All Create II of IV

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This is part II of a IV part series on being called to create. You can read part one here.

It is a deep desire within all of us to respond when we are moved. Recently, listening to an animation podcast, I was reminded how innate this is to our being. The cast of a popular cartoon was featured, and they were talking about how blown away they were from the fan art they received.

When we are moved by art, it is our desire to respond with our own art.

When we are moved by creation, by God’s art, it is our desire to respond with art.

Sometimes, the only way we know how to respond to this deep longing and feelings for our Heavenly Father, which even now I struggle to put to words, is through art.

We see it throughout the Bible, but David is one of my favorite examples of this.

“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.”
— Psalm 42:7 (NIV)

And while I read that verse I consider unpacking it here. I don’t even know how to explain deep calls to deep, to be honest. But I do know that I know what it feels like.

The greats who created art during the Renaissance understood what David was saying. Maybe that is why then the Church was the center for the arts.

Michelangelo did not agree to paint the Sistine Chapel for Pope Julius II until he was given artistic freedom. His masterpiece tells the story of a fallen creation and the need for a Savor, Jesus. It is said, during the four years it took to complete, Michelangelo read and reread the Old Testament. The ceiling holds the response of an artist to beauty of a broken world receiving a Savior.

So what is your response?

When was the last time you created to respond to God’s beauty?

When did you created because your insides were going to burst if you didn’t?

When was the last time you created to simply respond to the Creator?

Maybe today you get back to creating, not because you have to, not because you want to, but because you need to.

“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.”
— Psalm 42:7 (NIV)

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