Art and the Roadshow

An interesting TV show that came about in my generation is “Antiques Roadshow”.

“**Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ten-time Emmy® Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 17th season in 2013. PBS’s highest-rated series, ROADSHOW is seen by almost 10 million viewers each week. Veteran television personality Mark L. Walberg serves as series host. In each hour-long ROADSHOW episode, specialists from the country’s leading auction houses — Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie’s, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby’s — and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.”

The draw of this show is the hope that someone can bring in an obscure, old object, to the field of experts, and find that their object is actually some kind of valuable treasure with a story.  The panel of experts who inspect each piece of furniture, painting, and household item, are educated with information about creators from different eras and the scope of their creations.  It’s fascinating to watch the faces of the people as they present their objects to the experts.  As the expert begins speaking about the article, his knowledge of it’s creator, era of time, owners, or purpose, cause the value of the object to rise or fall in the eyes of the presenter depending upon the information given.

Knowing who the creator of a work of art is determines the art’s value, and re-connects the art with its source.  What was once obscure now has history–sometimes rich history.  What was seen as old junk, can suddenly become a prized possession.  A person may carry their art piece in to the show in a blanket, and leave with it in a padded crate under lock and key.  Knowing the creator of the art is key to its value.

The same is true of you and me.  We were created and designed.  Our lives have a purpose and a meaning.  Your value and mine are intrinsically determined by the value and worth of our Creator.  Because our Creator has extensive experience in every generation, in  every form of creation possible, from fresh models, to art re-made, there is a rich history connected to each of us.  Your worth is not determined by the house you live in or the generation you were born into, but by the One who made you whose handiwork declare His glory day after day from the stars in the sky to the thunderous waves of the ocean.

I invite you to come into God’s “Roadshow” and find out what your value is.  I dare you to see that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in God’s image.  I challenge you to learn your history, and discover the One who rescued you from the hands of the greatest art thief by giving up His own life to save yours.  I implore you to see your worth in the gallery of God’s workmanship, placed in your generation, in your town, in your family to show the excellence of His glory.

May I introduce you to Jesus?  Bring your life, whether old or young, battered or invigorated, tanked, or full of ambition and discover that you are worth more than you can imagine.

Psalm 139:13-18

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,Kachemak Bay God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

 

**http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/about.html

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