Art is one of those communication links that transcends language, culture, gender, economic status or age, among other things. We can be moved deeply by the sensitive portrayal of the arts in a variety of expressions. Deep and significant concepts can be conveyed by the arts that either reinforce what someone is trying to say or voices what cannot be said adequately in any other way.
Creative expression is a God-given gift of being human. We create because God created and we were made in His image:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:1,27
Artists are sometimes categorized for having an “artistic temperament.” At the top of the list of criticisms is being too sensitive. Yet, without this sensitivity, the artist could not do the work they were created to accomplish. I love how Rory Noland expressed this in his book, Heart of the Artist.
“Everyone with an artistic temperament has been told as some point in his or her life to develop a thicker skin. That’s nonsense! The world doesn’t need more thick-skinned people. It needs more people who are sensitive and tender. Have you ever been moved to tears by a powerful piece of music or held spellbound by a beautiful work of art? Have you ever been moved by a scene from a film? It’s because an artist felt deeply about something and communicated in such a powerful way that your heart and soul were touched.”
Tenderheartedness expressed through the arts is a gift to be developed, encouraged, and appreciated. Above all, we give glory to the Great Creator Himself. God reveales a glimpse of Himself through creative expression that is honoring to Him.