Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 19: Blank Pages

Jen FinalYesterday, after reading a Soli Deo Gloria girl's post about the possibility that lies on blank pages, I thought about how often God speaks to me through art.  When I open up my sketch book and allow my pencils to play upon the pages, most often God speaks through the journey of creating or through the creation itself.  It doesn't actually matter, most days, if what I have drawn is actually considered to be "good" by anyone else because I know that it is pleasing to my Father.  As the author of all creation, why would He not delight in us using our own ability to create?  My latest fun as been to choose a scripture and draw it in a way that becomes tangible and real to me.  Here are some examples:

Psalm 51: 10

Zephaniah 3: 17
But, sometimes, I just let my hand go and see what He reveals:
Through this piece, He spoke about structure and flexibility:  
  • Just because something appears to be out of rhythm, doesn't mean it can't belong.
  • Structure can still be flexible.
  • Perhaps flexibility makes structure even stronger.
Challenge:  Grab a blank piece of paper, some pencils, markers, crayons, paint, whatever.  Let your hand fly.  What does He reveal?  Please feel free to come back to this post after you have completed the challenge and tell us!

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  1. I am a doodler, but I've never really thought to look at my doodles for something deeper. This ought to be fun.

  2. Wow, Jen. This is amazing. And it reminds me, yet again, of what a creative God He is. Sorry to say, I cannot even draw a straight line, so drawing doesn't speak to me. But literature? Oh yes, I see God on the pages of even secular books. Literature is what speaks to me. Isn't it cool that He uses what we love to reveal Himself to us?

  3. Oh, I'm going to do this toDAY!

  4. Love the challenge! My random thought/response: God speaks to me in the same way when I go on a walk, wandering 'aimlessly' alone. If I choose to set my feet moving, He'll meet me along the way. One of the reasons I love going on walks. I think the rhythm of the movement settles me in a way that creates space for me to hear.

  5. I have always known that the gift we all have to be creative, is His Gift to everyone.

    It is up to us to allow the gift to flourish and become something more than a passing thought.

    This challenge is unique to me, because I have held back from my creativity for so long...on purpose? Maybe - but it is time to awaken it.

    Thank you Jen, for being the instrument.

    Mrs. M.

  6. Love this!!! Beautiful work. Drawing is something I never do, but it may be therapeutic. I think I have some drawing paper in our office. Hope you have a blessed day. :)

  7. Oh Jen...I love this. I hope you link this post up with the weekly "Inspire me' link up today, its just perfect. I am so inspired by your art work. You inspired me to pick up my pencils again....keep sharing from your heart - its amazing :)

  8. Oh I have been missing your posts. Busy times here. I just went back and caught back up with all of yours-so wonderful. So much to think about and now I want to draw. I use to, but it has been a while. I just pull out the drawing pad soon. It just might be what I need.

    And that gut feelings and having Godly distractions-so true. Just last night, I announced to our ladies at church that I will be stepping down as co-leader to focus strictly on teaching and go to school to learn about teaching and God's word. So excited and yet so hard. Leading a ministry is good, godly stuff, but I felt God was calling me away from that to focus on something else within the ministry.

    So anyways, thanks for your wonderful 31 days series. Glad I caught up!:)

  9. Your sketching is beautiful!! What a gift. I'm sure it brings a lot of comfort to doodle your heart out and then actually have something lovely to see through it.

  10. I am going to do this challenge this weekend....I often say oh drawing isn't my thing but just need to do something different to hear Him in a different way.

    Loving this series sweet is speaking to me in many ways. <3

  11. Your drawings are absolutely beautiful. I love them and think I need to try to do this. Somehow in the act of drawing you pulled out even more beautiful truths.

    Blessings to you!

  12. Oh wow. I'm so not bent this way. But I promise to give it a try. At the very least, the kids will be stoked to see me getting the paints out...
    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight

  13. Your pictures are beautiful. This is a wonderful suggestion, and I have to say that I'm really excited to try this myself. It's been a long time since I have drawn or painted anything. Thanks for the inspirational post.


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