by Janet Holm McHenry
People who create things are amazing to me. Like these folks I know…
Artists. My mom, 93, is a watercolorist. The youngest of seven raised during the Great Depression, she paid attention when her high school art teacher said, “You should go to art school.” So she did, even though most of her six half-siblings did not graduate from high school. I have many of her landscape paintings now and love staring at them, wondering such things as how she created smoke or water or sky.
Carpenters. My grandfather was a carpenter. Grandpa Max built homes for a living, and somehow kept food on their table, even through the 1930s. He also made furniture, mostly for family members. He made a custom desk and attached bookshelves that filled an eight-foot wall. He also made a large corner cupboard for my mom’s growing set of willow ware, as well as a large buffet for tablecloths and such.
Music-makers. My daughter Bethany and her husband Matt write music. Her first worship song stunned me: she has a way not only with words but with melodies as well. And he has incredible skills piecing and mixing multiple tracks. He made us family members sound good for a song my husband Craig wished for as his Christmas present.
Bezalel and Oholiab were true craftsmen in the Exodus story. God called them by name to create artistic designs for the tabernacle—the portable sanctuary that would house the Ten Commandments and serve as the meeting place between God and His people as they traveled from the desert to the Promised Land. But it could not be just any old tent structure. The Lord Himself provided artistic designs for the two men and their helpers to create in gold, silver, bronze, beautiful stones, and carving wood for the tabernacle and all the beautiful furniture and pieces to equip it. And others supported them in furnishing the materials needed to do their work–to an abundance so much that they had to be told to stop giving.
While man’s artwork of all kinds will never match much less exceed God’s creation around us, it is worthy of appreciating and supporting. This is such a time now to look around and help support our creatives–artists, musicians, skilled craftspeople, and even writers—many of whom are struggling financially as museums and theaters and such may be closed. We need beauty in our lives right now…and those who can create beautiful things need us. Just as God blessed the Exodus creatives, we can bless them today.
Every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence…shall work.” –Exodus 36:1 ESV
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About the author: The only creative things Janet McHenry dabbles in are words. A national speaker, she is the author of thousands of articles, devotions, and blogs, as well as twenty-four books—including the bestselling PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Discipline and Strength. She is the host for the Sierra Valley Writers Retreat several times a year in her home in rural northern California and would love to connect with you through her website, https://www.janetmchenry.com.
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