The Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel … and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.’ Exodus 31:1-5.
I had my plans. I was going to continue to conquer the pastel medium, earn accolades from my pastel artist peers, and sweep the Pastel Society of America and International Association of Pastel Societies awards. Period. I was on my way. I was comfortable with the medium. It felt good. No fears. No stress.
But my God had his plans. His ways are higher than mine. His thoughts are higher than mine. (Isaiah 55:9)
So He said: “Same subject. New medium … relief carving.”
I had done a few relief carvings in the past, but was certainly not at ease with the medium. For one thing, it is unforgiving. If you accidentally slash a section off with the sharp carving tools, you cannot reattach it. Like Bezalel, I needed help of the Holy Spirit because I felt like a kindergartner with fat crayons.
My God had plans for me in this exercise. It was not to create a masterpiece for the Louvre, but to show me a few things that I did not know. First, I have indeed been called out by name to be an artist. Second, when I work in His strength rather than mine, He shows up. Third, it is a blast to try new things.
My God is not dull. He is thrilling.