Saturday, September 7, 2013
Why I Do Art and Craft
I would like to start by saying that although this blog primarily focuses on healthy and natural living, I will be posting about arts from time to time as well. Crafting with my hands is a big part of my life.
It is one when I am most focused.
It is one where I feel a strong sense of accomplishment of finishing a project.
It is one that teaches me to be patient (those of you who sew know how painful it is to unpick and to do it again for the hundredth time!). :)
It is one when I get to be excited when I'm able to pass on this skill to other people.
It is one where I see a reflection of God's creation - just like how a piece of white canvas turned into a painting or a plain fabric sewn into a dress, so it was how the world was without form and empty and God turned it to a place so beautiful to live. His presence through nature is a beautiful reminder of that and taking care of this earth is a way to thank Him. I hope I don't forget to remember that in everything we do, we are reflecting our faith as Christians. Destroying His work of art is doing disservice to ourselves and it certainly is not the way to appreciate the Master Artist.
Most of all, doing art with my hands is a miraculous realization of how God has created our body parts to work together in symphony.
"But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." - 1 Corinthians 12:18-26
I think the human body is one of God's greatest work of art. Being able to create in the smallest form through simple arts and crafts gives me a glimpse of the gentle and loving characters of a Father, who created our inmost being and knitted us together in our mother's womb (Psalm 139:13).
Click here if you are interested to see my arts and crafts collection.
Thank you for visiting and happy crafting!