My Husband and I enjoy getting in our truck and experiencing spur of the moment trips with our children. One recent trip led us to a place called Sand Island Parkway. It was later in the day and we knew the sun was approaching its daily plunge into the night. So, we rushed to Walmart to pick up a few things to eat and drink and headed towards the ocean to one of our favorite spots that is tucked away in an industrial area. We enjoy this area because it is one of those off the beaten path beaches; a delightful surprise among the businesses, docks, and Matson containers.
As we pulled into the parking lot the sun began falling asleep. The multicolored hues in the sky and ocean blues met one another there to display a beautifully intertwined kaleidoscope dancing on the ocean surface. As we sat there looking at this masterpiece, suddenly our hectic and stressful week began to fade. The thoughts of gratefulness, wonder, admiration, joy, and love infiltrated our hearts at that moment—all was well with our souls. We sang out of tune to some of our favorite family songs, we drank, ate our snacks, and enjoyed the beauty of the moment.
God creates everyday art for us to enjoy or to join Him. Some days we see it’s a beautiful masterpiece while other times it may seem like an unfinished mess. The astounding element of our lives, much like art, is at any moment we can choose to create or we can choose to admire. In doing one or the other, we can receive the healing that comes from the experiences. I often inscribe Ephesians 2:10 on my Pyrographed Kukui Nut jewelry. This verse says: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew, in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
God has crafted you to do good things he planned for you long ago. Just because you may not feel it or because you cannot see it doesn’t mean that those good things do not exist. Daily the sun sets, yet not every day will I experience it in the way I did that day.
God wants you to know today that you are his work, his masterpiece; your life is art. Now, let us look at the definition of art for a moment. Merriam-Webster defines ART as, “1. something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings 2. works created by artists: paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings. 3. the methods and skills used for painting, sculpting, drawing, etc.” I love the first definition above because my art does express the very heart of my ideas and feelings. If my art is important to me, how much more are we important to our creator?
We are beautiful works of art. He has created all of us intentionally and we are uniquely crafted by a master artist. Let’s read Psalm 139:14-18 and allow the words to really sink in… “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand when I awake, I am still with you.”
Angelica is a woman who is passionate for the Lord. She was born and raised in Hawaii. Angelica is also a devoted, loving wife, mother, and, grandmother. She is a sex-trafficking survivor and mentor, college graduate and holds a certification in substance abuse counseling. Currently, Angelica is a caretaker and small business owner. One of her greatest passions is seeing others accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because it is through that acceptance for others and herself where she has seen miracles, faith, hope, and Aloha (Love).