Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for helping me set up an Etsy shop last night! I really didn’t think I had enough finished art to present to the world, and I’ve only got like 3 things up so far (with 5 more going up today — thank you, Lord!), but this is already FUN and so encouraging! I’ve put the same 3 things up on DeviantArt and already, each one has been favorited by at least someone out there. That means that what me and you create together, Lord, is actually likeable to others, at least to some degree. How awesome to make things together with you, following your lead, and then to share them with others! Haha! Even just sharing pictures of the artworks is so new, like allowing someone inside my personal, private library — or in this case, my art supply closet, heehee! 😀
Exodus 35:30-35 ERV
Then Moses said to the Israelites, “Look, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, from the tribe of Judah. (Uri was the son of Hur.)
And he has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God–he gave Bezalel special skill and knowledge to do all kinds of things.
He can design and make things with gold, silver, and bronze.
He can cut and set stones and jewels. He can work with wood and make all kinds of things.
The Lord has given Bezalel and Oholiab special skills to teach other people. (Oholiab was the son of Ahisamach from the tribe of Dan.)
He has given both of these men special skills to do all kinds of work. They are able to do the work of carpenters and metalworkers. They can weave cloth with designs in it from blue, purple, and red yarn and fine linen. And they are able to weave things with wool.
Lord, I thank you for these verses (and the mention of the same man in Exodus 31) that give us a clear indication that not ALL of your people are specialists. Some of us are generalists, able to do many things and unable to commit to one single occupation or career choice. I remember how relieved I was to find out there was a name for this “condition” — being a “Scanner” — as described in Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher. But having your Word as reassurance that I’m not “bad” for being this way, is so much better! Even my husband is a generalist, and he sees the strength in it, for himself — being able to do plumbing, electrical work, tile work, basic and advanced construction and remodeling, and even put an artistic flair to it all, when possible. Lord, I pray that you bring BOTH of us into a place where we can use our creative skills more, and even allow these skills to support us AND to have enough to help others. You see, Lord. You know our hearts, how both my husband and I would be perfectly happy to just give away our time and skills out of love for you and your people — but instead we are caught in the net of poverty. For now. Thank you, Lord, that you make us able to at least SEE that there is more to life than making money. Please continue to cleanse our hearts and minds and renew our spirits, so we may have eyes to see and ears to hear our wonderful, glorious, and faithful Shepherd. Amen! :O>