Monday, October 27, 2014

Lessons from the Louvre

I am still basking in the memories (and the laundry) of our Fall break. It was an incredible trip. We learned a great deal about history and culture, but one of my favorite lessons from the adventure happened in the Louvre.

This museum is an incredible place. Not only is it massive in size, but the sheer volume of priceless treasures is astounding. I am not an art aficionado and yet it seemed that every direction I looked I saw something I recognized.

As I tried to take it all in, I realized that each of these works was born out of vision, talent and individual work. From sculptures to canvases, the world famous art housed here takes on incredibly different forms, yet, we can admire them all for the varied beauty and perspective they bring.

Yesterday morning in Sunday School as our family pastor was speaking about parenthood, he used I Corinthians 7:17.

 "Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him."

He was making the point that while many of us have the vocation of parent, the way we live it out does not necessarily look the same way from one person to the next. Much like the vocation of artist, the methodolgy and style is born from the individual and circumstances involved.

Read that slowly Mamas. We all develop our own style. We do things differently. Beauty is achieved in many different ways.

And I thought back to the Louvre. It is not one artist. It is not one style. There is no one prevailing medium--or even time period. 

What would the world have lost if Rembrandt had tried to be da Vinci?

Be the YOU God designed. Offer your life as a living sacrifice that seeks to contribute the 'art' He inspires in your life. There is a plan for your life to bring Glory to God. So lean in...and look up.

Look up: the other lesson I hope to never forget from the Louvre. 

There were so many things to see at eye level, that I almost missed the mind boggling beauty of the ceilings.

What a reminder that what we see down here, at eye level...these circumstances, these fears, these test results, the challenges of living in a broken world... they really are just a small part of the story. This is just a slice, a taste really.

Want to be blown away? Want to be reminded of grandeur and glory that restores your perspective? 

Don't forget to look up.

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." Colossians 3:2


Keri said...

Beautiful -- the thoughts AND the photos! I've been struggling lately with feeling like my life as a mom isn't hard enough compared to some other moms' lives. Some of those other moms I'm thinking of have it much more difficult than I do either because of circumstances beyond their control or because they've chosen sacrificial lifestyles that God has called them to. And here I am, in a season of relative ease in my own motherhood journey, and I often feel guilty. I appreciate your reminder that my life as a mom is no less a work of art just because it's "easier" than some others. (I know that's not exactly what you were getting at with this post, but it's what I'm taking away from it! ;-) )

Denise Ross said...

Your words are a great lesson for me. Thank you.