A Pleasing Aroma – Numbers 29
Today’s art is a response to Numbers 29.
“On the first day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work. It is a day for you to blow the trumpets, and you shall offer a burnt offering, for a pleasing aroma to the Lord: one bull from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for the bull, two tenths for the ram, and one tenth for each of the seven lambs; with one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you; besides the burnt offering of the new moon, and its grain offering, and the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offering, according to the rule for them, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord.
“On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation and afflict yourselves. You shall do no work, but you shall offer a burnt offering to the Lord, a pleasing aroma… (verses 1-8a)
Crista’s thoughts on her art follow:
Throughout Numbers 29, God commands His people to take a Sabbath and present a pleasing aroma to Him. I wanted to create a space where I would take a break from my routine and offer myself up to God. It had to be timeless, a place that I would come back to week after week and year after year. This place needed to be quiet, yet not empty. I chose to fill the space with a few simple tokens that would calm my soul and inspire me to give up my own desires in order to follow God’s.
Crista is currently a student at the University of Michigan, studying Spanish and Art & Design. After graduating, she hopes to travel and work for an organization that utilizes her creative skills and challenges her to further pursue professional development. Crista grew up on Michigan’s west coast and will forever have a love affair with the waves of Lake Michigan. She is an avid admirer of Jane Austen novels, and often finds herself wishing she was Elizabeth Bennet. Crista is happiest when holding a paintbrush because it allows her to worship Christ and bring beauty and healing to His creation.