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The Artist

by Bridgett Lopata

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3

Several months ago, I was having a conversation with someone about my artwork. In the middle of the conversation, they asked me, “How do you know when to be done with your art?” Now, all artists, authors, musicians, sculptors, and performers understand this completely, but to some, it may seem like a very strange question to ask. As artists, if we continue to work on our masterpieces, we can change and eventually make improvements. Leonardo Davinci said it this way: “Art is never finished, it’s only abandoned.”

The answer I gave this person was this: “I know my art is done when its story is written.” Every piece of artwork that I have completed gives me a glimpse of the majesty of God. The artwork is finished when I discover the thing that connects the seemingly unconnected. It is done when I know that I have learned the lesson that God hid within the clay and the charcoal.”

There have been many times that I’ve imagined God smiling at me and saying, “I know that you really think you’re the artist – but actually, you’re the canvas.” I am shaping clay into creatures while he is molding my heart of stone into a heart of flesh. I am sketching lines on a page while he is drawing images of grace and glory upon my soul. I am typing words on a page while he is writing the story of salvation in eternal ink. I may transform things into art, but through the art, he is transforming me. 

“Our identity is for the sake of making known His identity. The meaning of our identity is that the excellency of God be seen in us.” John Piper