The Purging Lutheran’s sister, Lind Loo, is married to Marty. His sister, Rita, is an artist up around Chicago way. Rita paints, designs and probably sculpts but I know her best for her ‘pants of fingers’. The great thing about truly creative artists is it’s not possible to figure what they’ll do next. She thought up and created these pants many years ago. I have socialized with her a few times and she is always cheery, the least ‘ever tortured popular artist’ I’ve ever met (and I’ve only know a few). I asked her once how she comes up with her ideas. She responded,
“My brain never turns off. I get up in the morning and I’m thinking constantly about ‘what’s next’”.
Since I don’t have her, or anybody else’s, artistic talent, I’m at a loss at what that could possibly mean. And that’s OK. The world needs and thrives off people who don’t just see life from different angles but have their own angles. I admire mountain climbers, gymnasts, chess players, statisticians, carpenters and so on for their abilities to mix courage with ability to accomplish the unknown. I asked her if she still had these pants, expecting her to say she sold them, donated them to a charity or were hanging as a display in a coffee house, but she responded,
“Oh, they’re somewhere up in the attic.”
Well, OK. Anyhoo, I thank God for giving us a desire for beauty and the ability for others to extract their thoughts to the physical world.
All the artisans who were at work making everything involved in constructing the Sanctuary came, one after another, to Moses, saying, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing this work that God has commanded us to do!”