What is Hidden Art?
You’ll find it in the Beauty of the ‘everyday’. In the ‘mundane’.
When we step into an art gallery, we expect to see beauty. When we walk through a rose garden in full bloom, we expect to see beauty. When we pick up fashion and decorating magazines we expect to see beauty.
But is that the only place we find beauty?.
Edith Schaeffer (author of *affil link* The Hidden Art of Homemaking) and I agree that this is not the case. ‘Hidden Art’ (Beauty) can be seen all around us — in the everyday things — we only need to look with the Eyes of The Creator. Living out life artistically, aesthetically, creatively will bring fulfillment and enrichment to ourselves, to our families, to all those around us. It will let them see The Creator.
How can we do this? Are you saying, like I have often said, “If only I had more talent. . . more resources. . . more space. . . more time. . . etc.”
“Maybe when the children are grown. . . after we’ve retired…and paid off the mortgage. . . and. . .”
Really, all it takes is “being sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation”, as Edith Schaeffer says.
Reach out and touch the world around you. Get down and look at life from a different angle. Practice seeing the people you meet from their life’s perspective rather than your own. View all of life through the lens of God’s Word.
It does take conscious discipline, making choices about how we will order our days, our thoughts, our homes. If this all sounds far-fetched and impossible, if you are saying “this-is-so-not-for-me,” consider that maybe, just maybe, you are just a bit rusty and out of practice.
Chapter 2 concludes with the illustration of wearing a cast while allowing a broken leg to heal:
“For many people, and too often for many Christian people, the areas in which they could be creative have been encased in a cast, and the creative muscles and joints . . . have stiffened with disuse.”
Will you join me as we exercise our stiff limbs and seek out ways to add beauty and creativity to our days? I’m looking forward to sharing with you in the weeks to come from subsequent chapters. The author will be sharing more ideas and how-to’s to help give us a jump start into a more creative, fulfilling, enriched life.
I’ll be linking this post up with the Book Study on The Hidden Art of Homemaking with Cindy at Ordo Amoris
You can find the full list of posts in this series HERE.