"Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it? Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it? That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, or like a rod lifting him who is not wood." (Isaiah 10:15)
"The detail in that painting is astonishing, the colors so vibrant, I must get the autograph of that paintbrush!" said no one ever. We are all paintbrushes, pens, axes, hammers, and screwdrivers in God's hand. But we often forget we are His tools. "I painted that!" boasted the paintbrush, "I wrote that!" chimed the pen. "I fixed that!" exclaimed the hammer, when really none of them did anything at all.
If all the pens in this world rose up and claimed to have written every book, we'd have a lot of angry authors. And I imagine all those pens would be murdered soon after. Thankfully, God is more patient than we are and endures His tools' uprisings. Unless a creative mind and a steady hand picks us up, we can do nothing.
What would you do if your paintbrushes started critiquing your work? "I think you should use me for thin strokes," said the fat brush. "I think you should use me for thick strokes," said the skinny brush. I don't think it'd be long before their mouths would be duct-taped or the artist would start wearing earplugs. The artist always knows best. He knows what paintbrush to use for each stroke to achieve the most striking array of beauty.
Mariposa is a self-taught artist who captures the glories of God's creation on canvas. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a masters degree in imagination.
Aberdeen is a book-eating, ink-drinking dinosaur from the createtus period. When he isn't falling into plot holes or taking cover from the volcano of ideas, he's hanging out with Dee-Dee the doodledactyl. Read full bio