I sometimes leaf through the Bible and read random passages until words leap out of it and speak to me. Sometimes, I just find words and numbers, but many times, I discover beauty, strength and hope. Occasionally, I come across words that not only leap out of the page but also cut to the heart.
I personally see the Bible as a complex collection of words, verses, stories and phrases that can build up or tear down, give joy or cause tears, enlighten the mind or awaken even deeper questions. You could say the Bible is an adventure and the destination is never the same for every one.
Lately, I’ve been working on my paper cutting. I’m really just a beginner so i’m trying to improve my lines, making them finer and cleaner. I choose simple words inspired by passages from Scripture that are close to my heart at the moment, and create paper cut art around them. Every time I do, I am brought to reflect on the words and really take them to heart.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)
I guess cutting paper is just one unusual but effective way for me to be able to dissect and digest these words. As it was the past several days, my journey through these words from Scripture and my love for crafts have come hand in hand. I am quite encouraged to know that working with my hands can also do something profound to my mind and heart, the motions almost like meditation, or prayer, or an act of worship.
This convinces me even more that when I do these things I do, such as arts and crafts, no matter how seemingly insignificant, I am able to connect deeply with my Creator, whose inspiring words I strive to live by.