Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Re-Purposed Art

“Re-purposed art”.

A mild freeze zapped the nasturtium vines. (Though some of the leaves still looked green the next morning, they are no longer being nourished by the roots, and so, their death will be inevitable.)

Why would I take pictures of a tangle of ugly, dead nasturtium stems?

Patterns. That’s why!

The original photo shows that part of the garden is a mess. But oh, how much material a single photo gives me for graphics-play! “Re-purposed art”, some call it, making something new out of something old.

God sees the mess in me. The dead tangles, disconnected from the vine of Christ. But how thankful I am that he also sees the beauty-parts in my life -- worth saving, worth changing and re-coloring. “Re-purposed art” – making something new out of something old. I’m trusting that God the Creator is at play making his wonder-patterns in me.

This post is shared with L. L. Barkat's "Seedlings in Stone"
On, in and Around Mondays

and Laura Boggess' "The Wellspring"
Playdates with God


  1. Amen to this. The way you see beauty in the brambles...I think you see the way He does. And how wonderful to know that He loves the entire mess of me!

    I have been thinking of you. This season is even busier than other times of the year due to the end of my coursework and final projects. I will be preaching a sermon at my church on Epiphany Sunday and I have been obsessing over that too. Will you pray for me in regards to that? It's not about me, I know, but I sure don't want to get in the way.

    Love to you, my friend.

  2. Good thought. I sometimes wonder at the thought that God sees no value in his old creation. Yes, new creation in Jesus comes, but it's a remaking and realization of the good of the old, I would think. In and through Jesus.

  3. i love your repurposed art! although i studied visual arts in college, my knowledge is already outdated, and i'd love to learn how to do more of what you show here. it's awesome. thanks for sharing.

    also, i love your analogy. sometimes our leaves *do* still look green, but deep inside we know we've been cut off from The Source, and it's only a matter of time before they wither.....

  4. Hello, my friend. Just stopping by to wish you the sweetest of Christmases. And thank you for all the blessings you have brought to me in 2011. So grateful our good God has brought us together.


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