Somewhere I once read this cutesy pintrest-like quote that the "earth" without art is just "eh." But theres a lot of truth in that statement. This past weekend I joined the family on a short vacation. We spent the majority of our time touring museums and an aquarium. And I can tell you, the earth IS art. The earth, the skies, the surrounding cosmos…everything that God breathed into existence. It is all a magnificent, incredible, beautiful, perfectly designed work of art.
I've seen butterflies, fish, little insects that look like leaves...and I've sure marveled at the intricate beauty each posses. But as I was walking through a side exhibit, one filled with thousands of species of insects, it made me want to fall on my face before my Creator and worship him. I stared at the color of the butterflies and I was overwhelmed by the creativity of God.
He could have made one kind, one color, one design...He could have done that with every living thing, but He didn't. My God is a complex and creative Designer, and He so appreciates beauty. He has hand crafted, hand painted millions upon millions of living things. Each so unique, so beautiful. And for our enjoyment.
I love that God loves art. It blows me away that he allows us the gift to create and to bring Him glory in doing so.
So now that I have your attention. Go outside. Go stare at the sky and thank God for the moon and the sun so we can see the moon…and the bugs that crawl between your toes and then look down at your toes and and your hands and think about how even more beautiful and complex he has created you to be…and how out of all he has ever made, he chooses to have a relationship with us.
And that's why the butterflies made me cry.
“What is this world? What is it for? It is art.
It is the best of all possible art, a finite picture of the Infinite.”
― N.D. Wilson, Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl