Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
When my granddaughter, Serraya, drew this Christmas picture, I considered it a childish piece of art…until I looked more closely. She sketched it while at the 2013 Christmas cantata at the Baptist church. Until recently, I thought it to be rather disrespectful to doodle or otherwise write notes in a house of worship. Here’s what my critical eye discovered about this artist’s work:
Bulbs are hung on the boughs with care, and on the top is a star, but not just any five-pointed star. Instead, this tree is topped with a Star-of-David. Interesting. With the eye moving to the right, a big lion is obvious, but not just any lion. Could this artist have created the Lion of Judah? And what about the eyes? In each of the two eyes, a trinity is formed: one for the trinity of man (body, mind, spirit) and one for the trinity of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Lastly, a single word says it all…CHRISTMAS.
Maybe we should begin looking through a child’s eyes to see the true meaning of Christmas. No presents are under the artist’s tree in the picture above. Interesting. The gift is Messiah Y’shua (Jesus), the Lion of Judah. He was born in a stable, grew up the son of a carpenter, and at age 33, died on a tree…all for you and me. But the true story of Christmas is that he arose from the tomb, and today, He lives.
Isn’t Christmas a beautiful picture of God’s love? Do you have a story or illustration to share? Please pray that the child who drew the picture above will remain an artist when she grows up. Picasso would be proud!