“Neither painting nor sculpture will be able any longer to calm my soul, now turned toward that divine love that opened his arms on the cross to take us in.”
– Michelangelo, Poem 285 (Written in 1554)
I love writing. I love thinking up poetry. I love to paint and sketch. I love to get all of my creative juices flowing as much as I can as often as I can.
I think that anyone and everyone can create something. I think that everyone has their own unique creativity that they can harness to create something no one has ever thought of before and no one has ever drawn or painted before. That innate ability is a God-given gift that each person has.
Just look at your kids… give them some crayons, pencils, paint and paper and see what they will do with it and create. It is amazing!
The Creator God put inside each of us a part of himself that creates, that uses an “artistic” ability to create something ourselves. Now, true, there are some, like Michelangelo, who is especially talented, gifted in creating works of art. He honed his craft and gifts for years and years to become a “master” during the Renaissance, a time in history when some of the most celebrated works of art were ever created.
However, at the end of this master’s life was when he wrote the quote above. As enjoyable and satisfying as creating works of art can be, it too will fade away. The only thing left will be the love of God. His “divine love” that never gives up, that never forsakes us, that is constant and not dependent on our conduct or attitude towards Him.
He demonstrated that to the whole world by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to come as a man, to die on the cross, to become the curse to break the curse of sin and death, to open up a way to have relationship with us for all of eternity.
His unfailing love will still sustain us and meet us exactly where we are at.
His love can still calm our hearts.
His love can soothe our souls.
His love is all we need.