St. John’s Cathedral was a beautiful church we visited in Oban, Scotland. I was struck by the many beautiful carvings at the ends of pews, on seats, on podiums and throughout the church.
How do you know when artistry is at work? Take something practical and functional, then add incredible detail that doesn’t improve the practicality of the thing, but makes it more aesthetically pleasing and you will see artistry at work through the hands of the one who created it. Below are some carvings on pews and woodwork we found in this church in Oban, Scotland.
The intricate carvings in the woodwork were amazing. They were not necessary by any means, but certainly added beauty, and allowed the artists creative expression in their work. It is as if the person carving the wood turned each opportunity into a thing of beauty and gave it as an offering unto God.
Our lives are like these pieces of wood when they were still only lumber. We can live them out of necessity. We can exist from day to day and get done what must be done, plain and simple. Or we can choose to take care of the intricate details of living, and let the Master designer create His images in us to be works of beauty that reflect His attention to detail and His delight in us through the process. If we all started as a piece of timber side by side, each one of us would turn out differently in the hands of the artist. I am reminded of a poem I heard many years ago that expresses one person’s influence on another person’s life