"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
The first time I heard this quote of Eric Liddell from the movie Chariots of Fire, it filled me with gratitude and freed my mind to understand that it pleases God to gift us, and that He would actually take pleasure in watching us express the passions that He births in us. When I was a young believer, I used to think maybe art had no value, and because I loved making stuff--really enjoyed it--there was something wrong with that. I had the idea that living a life for Christ mostly involved suffering and self-denial. So if I was having fun, how could I be bringing glory to God?
A silly thought. A baby thought. While these things are part of the Christian walk, they aren't the whole picture. Yes, daily we take up our cross. But it is the dance of the resurrection that keeps us going. God does take pleasure when His gifts are pleasing to us, and creating beauty has value in His Kingdom. Have you ever read in the Old Testament where God instructs Moses to make priestly clothes for his brother Aaron to wear while ministering to Him? "And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments, to sanctify him, that he may minister to Me as priest." (Exodus 28:2-3 italics mine) This encourages me.
So I'm thankful to be a part of this creative community of gifted artisans, joining Emily today
Take an old warming tray (sometimes called a hot plate). They get warm enough to melt crayons or oil pastels, but never too hot to touch. Lay a piece of paper on top of the tray.
Your crayon turns into a wonderful liquid brush to paint with. It's really enjoyable. Give it a try!
Burning lamp...when I melt crayons, I feel His pleasure :)