Many believe – and I believe – that I have been designated for this work by God.
In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up; I work out of love for God and
I put all my hope in Him.
I am reading the biographical novel about Michelangelo titled, The Agony and The Ecstasy, by Irving Stone. To me the story of Michelangelo’s life is fascinating. His passion for creating is powerful. Some day I hope to see his great works, especially the Sistine Chapel.
Irving Stone did an incredible amount of research on Michelangelo’s life studying his letters, art contracts, and records. Stone was counseled by many Renaissance scholars. He lived in Italy for five years and even learned how to carve marble with the same techniques as Michelangelo. Irving Stone was another man with a passion. His passion was writing.
I find the quote above by Michelangelo to be very inspiring. It makes me feel a connection with the great artist. He believed as I believe that our gifts and talents are given to us by God.
Michelangelo did not have an easy life. He had many problems but Michelangelo continued moving forward in his creative journey. He created to give glory to God. He held himself to a standard of excellence many would find hard to follow. I have always been in awe of Michelangelo’s work, but I have a greater respect knowing how hard he tried to please God with his art.
Thank you for great artists we can study and learn from. Thank you for writers, painters, sculptors, potters, print makers, photographers, architects, and every other type of artist. Thank you for our gifts, talents, and passion. Thank you for making us in your image. Help us to continue on our creative journey to create pleasing art for you. Guide us in the direction of your will. We put our hope in you. Thank you for Christ who intercedes on our behalf. In Christ’s name. Amen.