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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: Masterpiece
By Dave O'Neil


Art is the thought and emotion of an individual expressed for the purpose of revealing some part of that individual. Vulnerability! It is the artist opening up a window into their personality, their values, their very being, and putting themselves on display. It can take the form of music, painting, writing, sculpting, and many other mediums. The common defining elements would be purpose, thought and creativity.

Seriously, I donít always get it. One manís masterpiece is another manís catastrophe. Never claiming to be a passionate connoisseur of art, I do not always understand the rhyme or reason behind some forms of abstract art, seeing only chaos and confusion. Iím sure that my limited appreciation is what handicaps my interpretation, but do none of you feel the same way? I can stand before a piece, hands clasped behind my back, offering only ďAhhhh, yes!Ē to my counterparts as they praise the artistís insight and honesty. Honesty!? I guess to know the work we would have to understand the motivation behind it. Hand on chin, I take in another. ďThis one is really something, isnít it,Ē I contribute, looking nervously side to side for agreement. No, that must be it. The purpose behind the creation means everything. If only each artist had accompaniment notes to allow us to fully take part in their work.

I have seen the Rockies, the Smokies, the Poconoís, and the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Iíve stumbled upon breathtaking waterfalls, winding along some remote trail in a Tennessee park. On a British Columbia ski lift, the view from a ski lift has caused me to reach out in disbelief, trying to touch the rows of snow capped mountains as they seem to fall off of the horizon. All of this was before children, of course. I cannot compare the artistic efforts of man to the handiwork that God has hung in the galleries of this earth. The majesty of a jagged sunset, preceding nightfall, a darkness that is pierced by an infinite array of stars, cannot be discounted as accidental or chance. Colors radiating from a bed of orchids or roses, heavy with a morning dew, bear witness of artistic design and precision.

Did you ever consider the deliberate design and thoughtful consideration that was applied to the canvas of your life? We are described as Godís workmanship, created to do things for Him that He has prepared in advance for us to do. He will continue His work in us to completion, the entire time we are in this life. The picture of Him as the potter and us as the clay is crystal clear. He has a purpose for each of us, and has ensured our ability to handle these challenges by promising to give us all we will ever need to do so. How can He have this confidence in us? Because He has made us. Perhaps not in our eyes, but in His, we are masterpieces! His finest work was reserved for us. And yet we resist! If He has a plan to accomplish His purposes through us, why would we not be still, surrender to Him, and be willing to take part in His plan.

It took God seven days to create all the beauty that we see on this earth, and He has displayed some amazing work. Imagine what He can do with us when He has the rest of our lifetimeís to complete it. The natural works of art displayed on this planet, are sentenced to remain on display here. As His children, His masterpieces, we are to be displayed in the galleries of heaven upon completion. The purpose behind His work in progress is clear, and He did send a handy set of accompaniment notes, no extra charge. This lump of clay has tried to stop spinning and do my own thing too many times. Let the Master complete His masterpiece.

(Phil. 1:6, Eph. 2:10, 2 Peter 1:3-4, Romans 9:20-21)

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Dave O'Neil01/25/07
My apologies. I made an editing error. 3rd paragraph, 3rd line, the phrase "from a ski lift has" was supposed to be deleted, but somehow I missed it. Thanks.
Shirley Hegwood01/25/07
Nice contrast to this world's art and the Master's Art.
Donna Powers 01/27/07
A very thoughtful piece that gave me food for thought. A very nice job, and in my opinion the 3rd paragraph is fine the way it is.
Lillian Jacobs01/31/07
This was inspirational to read. Well written.