I’ll bet if I were to ask each person individually what real art is, I’d get as many answers as there are individuals. That’s the beauty of art – there are different types of art because there are so many types of people with varied tastes.
Today is INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY!!!
When I think of art for my heart, I imagine myself not in a gallery, theatre, cinema or music venue – but in my prayer closet. You see, if I was to go to one of those other places, I could soak up the art and it would be pleasing to my mind for a short while – but that is short-lived and I am hungering and thirsting for more.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. – Søren Kierkegaard
If I seek the Lord in my prayer closet, it’s a wonderful conversation. Unlike the shocking art you see more and more in our world, God’s love is soothing to the mind and heart. I’m reassured of His love and it makes me feel secure to know He will not change, no matter how much me and my environment do.
Life is short, and Art is long. – Nathaniel Hawthorne, London, September 29, 1855, Passages from the English Note-Books, 1870
We can’t be sure what we will experience from man, but we can be very sure of what we will experience with our Father in heaven. He loves us so much and wants only the best for us. I think the key to getting the most out of this day is being selective about the art – and the art form we choose. I choose prayer because I cannot imagine that any other venue could possibly do my heart so much good.
The art that does my heart the most good is by Thomas Kinkade. Mr. Kinkade died on April 6, 2012 under very sad circumstances. I’m not his (or anyone else’s) judge, merely an admirer of his work. His art and writings live on to encourage and inspire my heart and the hearts of many others. My favorite painting is “The Bridge of Hope”. It reminds me that I was on one side of the bridge with my family, but they have gone on to heaven and I’m still here. I’m here on the other side of the bridge now without them, but I know God is by my side and He will give me just what I need, when I need it – to live a life pleasing to Him. One day I will cross the bridge too. ❤