I had lunch with a missionary friend of mine the other day. She talked about her deep desire to just be a normal woman, a mom and wife with few responsibilities outside her home. She said she envied her sister who is not a missionary and does not have to write newsletters to supporters. She day dreamed about taking art classes and expanding her new veggie garden. She longed for her childhood days on the family farm where they worked just to survive without a thought as to how their lives appeared to others.
She said, “I just want to care for my family and to fill the world with beauty. Is that enough?”
I smiled. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the main purposes why God made women to love beauty. God is the Creator of all things beautiful. He’s the Artist. I too am an artist. Speaking as an artist, I like it when people are inspired and moved by what I make. I think God likes that too. He likes it when we are inspired and moved by what he makes. God made Woman and she was exceedingly beautiful. Man was moved by her beauty. Woman looked around her and saw the exceeding beauty of Nature. Woman was inspired by Nature’s beauty to create more beauty through her Art. It’s a layering effect of appreciating beauty which brings glory and pleasure to the Great Artist. It’s a reflecting of the very nature of God within us.
As an artist, there is something in my soul that comes alive only when I am creating. I feel like it’s an extravagant element in my personality. Creating art doesn’t actually DO anything in the grand scheme of life. It’s not particularly productive or practical (that’s the other side of my nature at war with my artistic side). But Art reveals something about us spiritually and enhances our relation to God. I relate to God on a deeper level when art is part of the equation, because my Creator made me this way. I think he wanted there to be some people who can appreciate the beauty he creates. These people are just extravagant touches to his Grand Masterpiece. When I appreciate beauty, it brings glory to God and that pleases him.
So is it enough to just want to fill the world with beauty? Maybe, because it brings Glory to God and mirrors his character in us as we long to create beauty as well. Maybe for now, that is enough, my friend.