Friday, October 8th, 2010
After Church on Wednesday night, I gave my friend Debbie Taylor a ride back to her house. When we arrived, she invited me in for a cup of hot cocoa and a tour of her art studio. Though I have been an admirer of her paintings for years, I cannot describe the joy I felt getting to see the room where she creates, experiments, wrestles and gives birth to new, amazing works of art. Though some of her paintings are finished, many more of them are in process. And while a handful of her creations are the product of fast and furious bursts of inspiration, there seems to be no circumventing the intentional and necessary diligence needed to complete each and every vision.
Over the years, I have been blessed to get a glimpse of Monet’s Waterlillies, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and other creations of the Great Masters – all of the world. It was with similar awe that I toured Debbie’s studio. Here I sensed the greatest Master Painter of all, lovingly at work in and through my friend, delighting in each one of her creations, just as He delights in His own handiwork, you and me.
Though words cannot express what I sensed in this late night tour of treasures, this Scripture in Matthew 6:29 comes close: “Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
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