"Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?" Exodus 4:11
The statue of David by Michelangelo is one of my favorite sculptures. I was in Europe backpacking with my friend when I saw the sculpture. I will never forget that moment. I was in the Accademia Gallery of Florence wandering through my own private Wonderland. I turned the corner, and there it stood...14 ft. in height, made out of a solid piece of marble. My friend was waiting for me beside the sculpture, anticipating my reaction (she knows me quite well)...and of course, I cried.
The statue was made for political reasons. Florence was being attacked by many different entities, and wanted a symbol for their strength despite the opposition. So they chose the story of David & Goliath. Some say that the sculpture is what David looked like before he battled Goliath. Some say it is after he won. Either way, it is powerful. Wikipedia says this of Michelangelo's creation: Michelangelo's David is based on the artistic discipline of disegno, which is built on knowledge of the male human form. Under this discipline, sculpture is considered to be the finest form of art because it mimics divine creation.
The world of art seems to know how intricate the human form is to develop a discipline such as disegno. Whoever came up with that term understands the complexity of creation...and that the One behind it is divine.
God's name, Elohim, is used in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning, God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth." In the beginning, God the Creator, made something from nothing. In the beginning, God made light and darkness. In the beginning God breathed life into man's nostrils. In the beginning, He gave us free will.
It is with this free will that we lead our lives. Some choose to serve the Lord and use the talents He has given us to glorify Him. Others use theirs for personal or political gain. Some use it for good. Others use it for bad. Either way, it is by His hand.
I don't know what Michelangelo's reasons were in creating such an awe-inspiring statue. But this I do know -- God breathed life into His hands and gave him the gift of art. His gift has benefitted me and many others by its magnitude.
Walk through this life with your head held high...knowing that you were created by God Almighty. He gave you the ability to sing. He gave you the gift of poetry. He gave you the hands that cook, the mouth that speaks eloquently, the mind that creates. You did not have anything to do with how you were created. He is the Creator. I hope that knowledge helps you to sing with your hands extended to heaven. I hope it encourages you to cook unselfishly for your family. I hope it pushes you to think with your eyes focused on heaven.
You may not be able to sculpt or sing well. But the Lord chose you exactly as you are. May you use your talents and gifts for His glory.
So whether we bow in this lifetime or after we die, we will someday bow to Elohim. He is the Creator. By Him and through Him all things were created.
Lord, give us the courage to use our gifts boldly for your service. It says in your word that whatever we seek, we will find. Whatever we ask for, we will receive. Please give us courage to speak truth to others who don't know You. Immerse us in your Word that we might understand who you are and who we are in light of that. We are forever grateful for being our creator, our Elohim