James Hugo is a graphic designer at Life.Church, and has been for seven years. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, and adventures with his family. We asked him to tell us a few things about a piece of art he made recently, based on Isaiah 41:10.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Q: What does Isaiah 41:10 mean to you?
A: The simple reminder that God is with us no matter what is so awesome to me. We need these reminders. I need them on a daily basis. This verse not only says not to fear, but that God will strengthen and help us. God is with us and is playing an active part in our lives.
Q: Where do you feel God’s love most?
A: I feel closest to God when I’m interacting with His creativity. This comes in many forms, but my favorite is nature. Seeing a redwood forest for the first time was so overwhelming it brought tears to my eyes. It’s overwhelming to me because it gives me insight into the detail God put into the design of these towering trees. The detail He placed throughout His creation is amazing! Look at a leaf. Look at it more closely. Hold it up to the light. Amazing, right? If He put that much attention into creating the earth, how much more attention did He pay to the detail in us?
Q: How do you relate with Jesus through art?
A: Lately I’ve been doing a lot of woodworking. I often think about Jesus as a carpenter and wonder how awesome He probably was. Did He have to measure twice and cut once? Did He have to measure at all? Woodworking is tough and can take a great amount of patience. But that patience can produce a great reward. I feel like Jesus teaches me so many lessons when I’m creating—especially through my mistakes.
Q: What do you want people to think or do when they see this specific piece?
A: God is always with us even if we don’t see it or feel it. The design of this image is meant to share my love of nature and how I connect with God. The text “I am with you” is so large it doesn’t fit within the design, so I want people to remember He is greater than we can imagine. That text also enters the window or picture of the trees because I want people to remember He is present and active in our lives in a unique way.