Out of the mouth of babes

A world-renowned docent known for his views on a world apart from God, was privileged to guide a tour of 10-year-old kids in one of the most prestigious museums, holding original creations of the masteries of men (and women).

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At the outset, the proud bow tied gentleman stated: ‘Everything you see, everything here that you will touch with your eyes, every piece of craft and art has been created by the genius of humans.’

He pointed to the fine carpentry of Sam Maloof, saying: ‘Here we have modern woodworking proving the excellence of design, planning, construction, finishing, and the lasting influence of humans, which is second to none.’

Obviously the kids were impressed at such sturdy and fine furniture, in styles they never saw, yet wondered who would sit on such chairs.

The guide then spoke of Monet’s work. “Note the lines, the swirls of delight and nuance, the overriding tenor of color infusion and diffusion wrapping and encapsulating each stroke with romance, and emitting such depth of passion, thus setting Claude’s art above and beyond his peers.’

One of the kids spoke up: ‘My mom paints better than that,’ to the immediate scowl of Mr. Docent.

The tour was led next to a bronze sculpture. ‘Impeccable metalwork. Take note of the detail in the eyes, the usage of wrinkled metal, and the utilization of the appearance of light and heavy weight, all rendered purposefully and perfectly.’

Another kid said: ‘reminds me what you can do with Play Doh.’ The docent retorted: ‘Ah yes, perhaps, but this man’s work will stand the test of time.’

Nearing the end of the long tour, the docent pointed to a wonderful tapestry: ‘Woven carefully by a woman with a keen eye for the most discriminating detail. The story told, the color, the exquisite design of flawless beauty,’ and a young boy whispered to his friend: ‘Heck, I sewed a button on my knapsack.’

Finally, to the delight of the little ones, the event was over, but not before questions were taken. After the customary defense of the ‘greatest artisans ever,’ a young girl spoke up: ‘You said earlier that everything we see here, and everything  we touch with our eyes here, has been created by the genius of humans.’

The docent gleefully replied:  ‘But of course.’

The girl continued: ‘Well, I am looking at you, and to borrow your exact words, “the greatest example of design, planning, construction, finishing, and the lasting influence of humans  in this room……….,  so I ask you, what master artist gets the credit for the creation of you?’

The docent no doubt stunned, looked up to the ceiling and pondered his own words:

‘Every piece of craft and art has been created by humans; design, planning, construction, finishing, and the lasting influence of humans………..’

He considered perhaps for the first time what men borrow to execute their skill, while he thought of the intrinsic artwork of a tree, and the words of Joyce Kilmer flowed through his memory: ‘I think I shall never see a poem more lovely than a tree…’

And with this, there was nothing but a thunderous silence because of the hesitation and ramifications of a young girl’s simple question. ‘What master artist gets the credit for the creation of you?’ He was trapped by his very words, and simply uttered: ‘thank you all for attending today.’

ps. Which has more honor, the grand estate, or the One who made the estate? Which has more honor, the stars and the mountains, or the One who made them? Which has more honor, the carpenter, or the One who made the tree?

And which has more honor, man, or the One who designed him?  (Be careful that ye offend not one of these little ones.)


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22 Responses to Out of the mouth of babes

  1. Ah, beautiful words! Indeed, Who is the very best artist of all and are we not all masterpieces? Imagine how different the world would be if we actually understood that, embraced it, and walked in the world as if we were Someone’s treasured masterpiece.

    An even more tantalizing thought, what are all those great artists tapping into, what are they reflecting, trying to emulate? If we are made in the image of our Creator, than we are little creators ourselves. You see this play out in those famous artists and musicians, but also in ordinary people creating lives for themselves, and children, and trying to make the world a better place.

    I’ve always loved this, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” That is a bit like what artisans do with a lump of clay or a blank canvas. They take a leap of faith and they see something that isn’t there yet. It’s somewhat amusing to imagine an artist saying, “nope, I’m going to need some facts and evidence, some empirical data before I proceed.”

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    • ColorStorm says:

      ‘little creators…………..’ 😉

      Excellent point there insanitybytes22 in your last line, even the greatest painter apart from God draws from the well of faith………bringing into life the unseen.

      Over the years I have learned to appreciate music I am not fond of, for the reasons you suggest, that I recognize talent and inspiration; so while my ear is not pleased, I can still respect the creativity.

      And even the kid at the beach playing in the sand testifies to the natural desire to ‘create.’

      And of course, we create too, using words to weld our thoughts. As you say, it’s a good idea to recognize Someone worthy of all inspiration.

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  2. john zande says:

    So, let me get this straight… You invented a fictional story to re-enforce your belief in a fictional story.

    How interesting….


  3. ColorStorm says:

    So then, Lydia was not a seller of purple? Alexander was not a coppersmith? Luke was not a physician? Peter and John were not fishermen? The Tigris and Euphrates were not rivers?

    Cornelius was not of the Italian band? Solomon did not build a temple? Jerusalem is not in Israel? Saul of Tarsus was not a Benjamite, a Hebrew of the Hebrews, a Pharisee? He was not circumcised the eighth day?

    Cows and deer are not good for food? Stealing is not ahem, sin? Damascus is not in Syria?

    Jesus Christ is not the most influential man ever? The word of God is not the greatest book in history? I could do this all day. Please.

    Yet you would offend one of the little ones you so esteem? Fiction huh? Good luck with that.


  4. When I was in the classroom, at the start of each new year or new semester when a group of wary eyed teenagers wandered into the art room for the first time–some were there because they wanted to be, others because it was simply their “luck of the draw for classes”, I always had to begin my sales pitch—that despite the loud declaration of “I can’t draw, paint, etc” to the polar opposite, “I’ve been drawing since I was 5. . .” I prefaced each opening day with the statement that everyone can learn to draw (paint, etc) —some of us were born with a “God given ability or talent”, while others of us would have to learn a few tricks of the trade, coupled with a bit of practice.
    They all got the notion that some folks are simply born with a “God given” talent, gift or ability in some area of life–be it athletic prowess, artistic ability, the ability to sing, dance, compute, rationalize, verbalize, etc—and if we wanted to excel in an area that we had not had a natural ability, we’d have to learn it and practice it.
    Everyone got the point that to often excel in an area, due to simply being born “good at it,” was indeed credited to a higher power—
    Of course there are the arrogant which makes me think of Dali’s proclamation that “it is a shame not everyone knows what it is to wake each day, Dali” or Picasso’s healthy thought of himself in the quote “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
    There are those who forget that those “creations” stemming from man’s thoughts, designs and handiwork are rooted in so much more than that of man’s anthropocentric placement upon the planet —-and it is that arrogance of man’s which has been his downfall in the past and will continue being so in the further. . .
    A lovely tale CS with a telling trip to the museum —-

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  5. Citizen Tom says:

    There is a term that folks such as archaeopteryx1 and john zande dearly love, glurge (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/glurge). Since your little tale is a good one, I suspect others will copy it, and it will make the rounds. I suspect it will then occur to some doubters to call it glurge.

    What is your tale? It is a delightful story that has an important moral. Some people forget that Aesop’s Fables (glurge from a much earlier era) were just fictional stories to support what some no doubt thought fictional truths. Aesop’s Fables live on. His critics forgotten.

    This tale is like many others we daydream. What happens when get a narrow-minded soul leading us about, constantly popping utterly narrow-minded thoughts? Don’t we in embarrassment wonder what to say? What would break into that well-defended pass he calls an open mind? Latter, daydreaming we think of something, and that is the stuff of fiction.

    In the world God made, the truth is stranger and more marvelous than anything we could imagine. That’s why nonfiction is more interesting than fiction, and that is why the Bible is the most interesting and thrilling book of all.

    If we study the Bible carefully, when we need them, we will also have the words we need when we need them (Ephesians 6:17). Our Creator told us what to say and how to say it. In fact, He told us how to live.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      ‘His critics forgotten.’ Love that.

      That is so like our God. How many have come and gone, yet, the moon appears on schedule, and the sunrise is more reliable than a clock, and His word equally good as it was, ‘in the beginning.’

      And you mention a key word there CT, ‘study scripture carefully,’ not with a false front to teach God………..but to really know what can be known, and be humbled by God’s provision for such a good life of light.

      Great comment Tom, tkx for bringing it.


    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Imitative of the retching that might be induced by stories of this kind. (Coined by Patricia Chapin, a member of the urban legends discussion mailing list of the Snopes website.)

      (slang) Sickeningly sweet stories with a moral, often hiding slightly sinister undertones.

      What happens when we get a narrow-minded soul leading us about, constantly popping utterly narrow-minded thoughts?

      Normally, when that happens, I just close out of Colorstorm’s blog and move on to something a bit more intellectually coherent, which could be nearly ANYthing else!


      • Citizen Tom says:

        The Bible says fair amount about those who scoff, especially in Proverbs.

        Proverbs 9:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

        12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
        And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”

        There really isn’t much anyone else can do to persuade you of the truth of Jesus Christ. When we engage in Christian fellowship and discuss the truths that the Bible teaches, we do so mostly to strengthen the faith of believers. To understand what we believe.

        And yet you take offense at a belief that if practiced appropriately teaches its followers to leave you in peace. You scoff, nevertheless. You seek out a Christian website to scoff, and that is incoherent with what you just said.

        What does it mean to “bear it alone”? You may wish to think about that.


        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Proverbs 9:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
          12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
          And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.



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  7. Tricia says:

    Lovely post ColorStorm, that really gets to to the heart of, well just about everything, right? That age old, essential question of “who created the creator?” can never be answered properly other than it being God of course. It is fun though at time to watch/read/listen to others try to answer otherwise. Talk about fables. 😉

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