Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
About a month ago, I took up running. So, four times a week I bust out the running shoes and hit the pavement.
This past Saturday was a running day for me and shortly after leaving the house I got caught in a thunderstorm. As I ran alongside an open field (being the tallest thing in and around said field), I found myself running a bit faster than normal – in fact I shaved two minutes off my time that day :)
But as I was running, hearing all the thunder and watching all the lightening around me, I was struck by the beauty of it all and it made me think about how much of an artist our God is. I guess it makes sense then that we humans would have a capability and appreciation for art as well – whether it be in our music, painting, acting or any other artistic discipline. It makes sense because we are told that we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27).
But as I ran through the rain and admired the power, majesty and beauty of the storm, I was also reinforced in my belief that it should be our goal as Christians to create our expressions of beauty to the best of our ability. We will never create something as amazing as a thunderstorm with its awesome power and beautiful arcs of lightning splitting the sky, but we will create things that to the best of our ability will tell others of the beauty of God.
This art is even reflected in our day-to-day work: on our organizational brochures, our church bulletin shells, our websites, etc…
It’s not to say that every one of those pieces will rival the Sistine Chapel in its beauty. But our communications should reflect the very best that we can give our God and as a result, reflect our desire to honor Him in all that we do.