Friday, February 23, 2018

Day 20: Live Life Devotional

Day 20

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2:2-3

When I was in art school, I had learned a lot about points of perspective. We talked about light, and shadows. We studied with intensity how colors varied depending on the warmth or the coolness of the light source. The outcome of your artwork all depended on the angle and light in which you were looking at the subject.

We used to make these vision finders out of paper. We would look through a hole, as we held the paper to our eye. This was supposed to help us focus on a specific part of the model. We were directed to create an artwork on only what we saw through the vision finder.

As an artist I understand vision. I understand having a picture in your head of how you would like things to look when you are all finished. I also understand revision, because as you go through the process of creating, you often find other ways to achieve the end result you are aspiring to reach. I understand process because every artist understands the importance of making a study, sketching, and brainstorming ideas of how exactly to approach the process of developing your art piece.

Artists also understand the importance of knowing the medium, the limitations and the advantages of painting with a specific substance will get you to where you desire to go. An artist also understands he has an arsenal of tools to use. He knows which tool, which brush, which knife will make what kind of mark he wants to create.

Remember, that God is the master artist and you are his masterpiece. Also, remember that God made you in his image, so you are also an artist.

You, as the artist, has a unique ability to create and be creative. It is God who will give you all of the tools you need to get started.  He already supplied you with the brushes, the paint knives, and the canvas. He even gave you a manuel to show you how to use those tools.  He is showing you how the medium (the paint) works so you can learn the advantages and disadvantages of  the medium.  He is showing you the best way to mix it,  and the different techniques to apply it. You must learn all of the theory first. You must practice and prepare first. When God sees that you are ready, he will give you the vision finder to help you focus on the part he needs you to focus on.

God will give you a vision, but he will not always tell you exactly how to get there. Instead he wants you to learn by process,patience, progress, and practice.

Wait for it because it will surely come 


Did God give you a vision yet?  If not, this is what you need to walk in purpose.  You are walking towards the Vision that God has given you to acheive.  Everything that you do, buy, read, and spend your time on will be to aquire that vision.  If you have not received it yet, you still need to prepare your mind to receive it . . .

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