Venice glass, Nelson-Atkins Museum

This week was so beautiful that I really wanted to get out and do something fun, so Leah and I went out the door to the Kansas City Atkins Nelson art gallery.  This week there was a new  exhibit, the Venice blown glass, made from plastic bottles that washed up on the beach.

The picture here doesn’t do these rare pieces of glass justice; they were gorgeous, in an array of colors.  I wanted to buy one, but didn’t happen to have the $935 spare change in our budget to purchase one! If you happen to be in the Kansas City, MO, area, be sure to check this exhibit out. It only cost me a little gas money and $5 for parking; admission is free.

The art gallery is a place we enjoy going to for field trips, and the museum’s contemporary art was intriguing.  I looked at a couple of the pieces, and commented to Leah, “Is this really art?”  Leah, an incredible artist herself, said that art is whatever the artist creates, and it doesn’t always conform to other people’s ideas! :O  Here is one example of the contemporary art.

Contemporary art – what is it?

To its credit, the Kansas City museum also is hostess to Monet’s Water Lilies, paintings by Rembrandt, Cezanne, and Van Gogh, Italian sculptures,  stained glass windows,  the 19th century Egyptian Expeditionary Photography, aristocratic Persian textiles, Chinese and Japanese brush-ink zen paintings, African art, and much more.

When we left the museum, I was thinking about what a contrast Monet’s Water Lilies was to some of the contemporary pieces, what I viewed as – well, to put it in a nice way, not art.  Then I thought about how God has created each of us, wonderfully and fearfully in our mothers’ wombs, by His own hands. (Psalm 139:14)  You are God’s unique work of art!

Some people may believe that you are not beautiful art at all, but God doesn’t see you that way. He made you, He loves you, and He is forming you into the image of His Son Jesus. He has a great plan and purpose for your life, an incredible destiny!  He has put spiritual gifts inside of  you that He wants to use for His glory.

Contemporary art piece, Kansas City Nelson-Atkins museum

Maybe you are the one who feels like you are not beautiful art. You compare yourself with others, and feel that you just don’t measure up to them. 

 Maybe you’re struggling with some sin in your life, or you can’t seem to overcome some problems that you’re experiencing in your life and you blame yourself. If you were just prettier, thinner, smarter, richer, more tech savvy, knew the right people, whatever…you always seem to “come up short” somehow.  Dear friend, don’t feel that way. In God’s eyes, you are His masterpiece!

 “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. ” (Jeremiah 18:6)

God has a wonderful plan for your life, good plans, not bad.  (Jeremiah 29:11) God sees the finished product of your life, the end result of His work, the piece de resistance!  God wants to put you on display for His glory, just as the Nelson Atkins art gallery in Kansas City is exhibiting the Venice blown glass!  Just believe. There is greatness inside of you!

Art by Leah Jones

Please do not copy.  Copyright 2009 Leah Jones

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