Disney-Pixar has been hiding Easter eggs in their movies for years, and so have I (in my art). Sometimes I hide a character from an old TV show, like Major Adams from Wagon Train, or an animated character, like Hank from Finding Dory. Other times I sneak in references to my future books.
My family and friends have become professional Easter egg detectives. However, the hidden objects aren't merely for their own entertainment; I hide them to amuse myself. Drawing backgrounds can be as boring as snapping photos of the grass. Easter eggs liven it up. Maybe that's why Pixar hides stuff. I could just see them thinking, Ugh, I've worked five hours animating this tree. Hey, let's make one of the leaves shaped like Buzz Lightyear!
I hope you enjoy finding my Easter eggs as I much as I do hiding them. I try to hide at least one thing in every pencil drawing, but sometimes that's not practical. Ever try playing hide-n-seek in an empty room? Yeah, it's not possible. Anyway, so you don't strain your eyes looking for eggs that aren't there, I'll make a note of the drawings with Easter eggs. But so that I'm not too easy on you, I won't tell you what, who, or how many things I've hidden.
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)
Happiness is subjective to our attitude. Those who sprinkle too much salt in their life will never taste the sugar. Not that salt is bad; a little salt is pleasing to the tongue, but a bucketful will make you gag. Pessimists are often irritated by optimists. The optimists are a like an annoying song that gets stuck in their head. But the optimists are happy whereas the pessimists are not, and that says something right there. Why are they being chided for seeing a rainbow in the rain? If they are happy, let them stay happy, and don't mock them for being so.
Some people seem determined to see only the bad. Their situation isn't bad enough so they shove their burnt food back in the oven so they can eat ash. "Many people are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed; they chew the bitter pill which they would not even know to be bitter if they had the sense to swallow it whole in a cup of patience and water." *
Joy is the best antidote for the dumps. Christians should be the loudest to sing in the rain. Even when we've lost everything, we still have God, and He is everything. But too often we forget and trudge in the mud of despair. Then the world sees it and wonders what advantage the Christian has.
It is good to be joyful most of the time, but sorrow has its place. Can there be joy in our sins? Can we rejoice in the darkness of the world? Can we laugh at death? It would not only be wrong, but downright sinful. Jesus Himself was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Yet this Man of sorrows was also a man of continual thanks (Matthew 15:36; 26:27, c.f. John 6:11). "There's a bright side to all things, and a good God everywhere. Somewhere or other in the worst flood of trouble, there always is a dry spot for contentment to get its foot on, and if there were not, it would learn to swim." **
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 40. **Ibid., 42.
"They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy." (Psalms 65:8)
Every day God paints beauty in the world. He chooses a different palette for each sunset, and it radiates His creative power. How can anyone gaze at the sunset and not see His divine signature (Romans 1:20)? Those who can't see it must be blind, stupid, or unappreciative of art. Look around you. You won't be able to find one thing that doesn't have His signature on it. His fingerprint is etched on you. Who would attempt to convince someone that a two-year-old sloshed some paint on a canvas and out came the Mona Lisa? But I'm not really surprised since I live in an age where a squiggle is considered a masterpiece.
I think if more people studied Genesis, we'd hear less people take God's name in vain. How dare we even think of treating the world's greatest Artist flippantly? We marvel at His art often enough, but rarely does He receive credit. Did a gorilla compose Swan Lake? Did an elephant invent electricity? I think it's more likely that a giraffe cooked a cake than the world was created with a boom. If that were the case, then my house should be stuffed with a bunch of mini worlds from our air conditioner's constant banging.
God is good. It's such a simple phase but it's packed with meaning beyond human comprehension. Nature testifies to His infinite goodness. "God seems to talk to me in every primrose and daisy, to smile upon me from every star, to whisper to me in every breath of morning air and call aloud to me in every storm."* Any ugliness in the world we put there by our own sin. Since God is good, every wicked thing He allows, no matter what we do, will in the end turn out for good.
"Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing." (Isaiah 40:26)
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 159.
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.
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