Faith and Art / by Karina Aisina

Today was just a typical Tuesday afternoon. After reading my Bible and spending time with the Lord, I like turning into reading this little book called "Walking on Water" by Madeleine L'Engle.  My art professors have been talking a lot about this book and how it is worth your money, and you know what...it truly is!

I love how this author combines Faith and Art together and to hear her reflections as an artist and as a woman of faith. Any artist can relate and use these reflections to use in life. The artist doesn't have to be specifically a painter who uses oils and acrylics, but she includes artists such as musicians, poets, dancers, etc.  Right now I finished chapter 5, and the title is "Probable Impossibles". I was first confused on what does it mean and what exactly might the chapter be about, but as I continued reading on, it made a lot of sense.

If the artist can make it probable, we can accept the impossible-impossible in man's terms, that is. And that confirms, what we believe in the Bible where it says "With man it is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26)

So what are the things that I need to accept, to make the impossible-possible as an artist and woman of faith? As I continued reading the chapter and thought about it afterwards, I came to the realization that I should not limit myself. Even though I am a young artist, who just graduated from university, that doesn't mean I am limited or trapped to my artistic dreams just because of my age. There is also the braveness that I should be more open to, enough to explore. I am personally not an abstract artist, but I love to experiment in it and be willing to try new things.

Art is truly a gift from God that has been given to us. I am so thankful for the talents and skills He has blessed me. As Paul wrote to the people of Ephesus one time "Each of us has been given his gift,  his due portion of Christ's bounty". I believe accepting our gift, whatever it is, means accepting our freedom.  It means accepting this gift and glorifying Jesus through it your whole life. A new understanding of time and space, and using it wisely; that is where I believe creativity steps in. Creativity should be a way of living life, no matter what our vocation or how we earn our living, and our freedom to be these creators is far less limited than some people would think.

I love how the author finished this chapter talking about us as creators and Platonism. She advises us to lean more towards Platonism than Aristotelianism. Platonism has this divine madness and its four aspects are prophecy, healing, artistic creativity and love. These all aspects are seen in the wonderful man named Jesus,  but yet we can equally take on these divine madness aspects as well, we just got to be willing to.

"With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."