The man in the orange shirt at the 168th street subway stop strikes a response in me, that of sadness mixed with anger as the smell of urine penetrates my nostrils, alongside embarrassment for my own lack of compassion and kindness toward another human being.
...then when I forget about the man, he appears a week later and I react again, in much the same way. Then yes, I forget again.
So much of my day to day is characterized by bursts of emotions and thoughts that are at best, forgettable, that I can’t help but ask myself, "Is there a purpose for my reacting and responding to the world?"
King David of the Old Testament gives great insight into this purpose:
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land wherethere is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalm 63:1-3 ESV
My senses are aroused, challenged, stretched and satisfied that I might know God and be led to worship Him. This is the purpose of beholding creation.
From the grandeur of oceans and mountains to the mystery of time and space, I am in awe of the One who brushed these thoughtful and meticulous strokes - especially since my version of an apple has been mistaken for a heart bomb.
The past few Fridays, resident artist and MGFL member, Jennifer Kim (of Kimchi Koinonia fame) has been encouraging our church body to marvel at the magnitude of God's creation, and even express His creation through art lessons. Art allows us to re-imagine and express the original handiwork of God, each person having his/her own interpretation.
From two year olds to teenagers (to even a dedicated ladies painting night this past Sunday), each have been expressing their appreciation for God and His artistry as they draw, paint and mold recreations of God’s creation story.
The class will showcase all of their artwork on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm at 360 Sylvan Avenue and all are invited to come.
I will be there because I need reminders to marvel at God especially in view of His most profound creation, for which He suffered and died - man.