Megan Giddens has been a graphic designer at Life.Church for the past three years. She loves illustrating, Benedict Cumberbatch, and her cat, Ned. Today, we’re talking to Megan about a piece of art she made, inspired by the words of Psalm 36:5.
Your love, Lᴏʀᴅ, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5 NIV
Q: What does Psalm 36:5 mean to you?
A: God’s love and faithfulness expands farther than our eyes can see, farther than we can even imagine. It can be easy to see God’s love in what’s around us (e.g., friends, family, experiences), but can you imagine God’s love goes even farther that? I love how this verse reads in The Message version: God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost … He is an almighty God, but He wants to love you. He formed this whole universe, but in His plans, He knew he wanted you. When God created you, He didn’t add you as some meaningless character in His story. He created you with a purpose that walks in line with the purpose of the universe! If that isn’t humbling, I don’t know what is.
Q: Where do you feel God’s love most?
A: I feel God in the wind. This might be because I am from Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain. But when I stop, stand still in the wind, and close my eyes, I suddenly feel like I am in the presence of God. Like God’s love is all around me and pushing through me. The wind is invisible, yet I feel it so strongly. It’s a powerful reminder of God’s love for me. I can’t see it physically, but it is there, surrounding me. I only need to be still. Try it the next time you are outside. Stand still. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Feel God’s presence.
Q: How do you relate with Jesus through art?
A: Art has different meanings for people and affects each person differently. What is perceived as beautiful by one person can be viewed as mundane by another. God has given us each unique perception to appreciate the things around us. Personally, I feel like art is our way of interpreting God’s creation. It is a beautiful outlet God has provided us to express ourselves. I am thankful for the gift God has given us to express His creation through the eyes of His creation.
Q: What do you want people to think or do when they see this specific piece?
A: Think about how the astronaut is surrounded by the beauty and vastness of space, but his focus is on the world. We are surrounded by God’s love, yet we are called to bring that love into the world. The world is our mission field. We are Christ’s vessels that will spread the good news to everyone on this Earth.