Arts and Crafts

Diane Bloem

READ : Exodus 35:30-35
Exodus 36:1-2

An unlikely group of volunteers was gathered around a long table in the church basement. They included a retired carpenter, two young mothers, a few older women and several high school students. They were drawn together by their love for the Lord, a love for beauty in worship, and their skills in arts and crafts. They were listening to a teacher explain the hows and whys of constructing meaningful banners for the church sanctuary.

The scene reminded me of Exodus 35. Color and texture, fabric and furs, precious stones and metals, designs and fragrances, woods and woven goods were selected by God for His house. Then we are introduced to Bezalel and Oholiab who were gifted by the Spirit of God with skills in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. They were also given the ability to teach designers, embroiderers, weavers, and master craftsmen, “every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work” of enhancing the beauty of God’s tabernacle where He met with His people

Has God given you a skill or artistic ability to bring glory to His name? Are you using it for Him? Are you willing to teach others how to use their artistic gifts? This service is often unrecognized, but it is pleasing to our great God.

PRAYER

Father, thank You for beauty. Help us to use our skills to make Your worship glorious. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.