What Is Sapphire Arts?
Sapphire Arts began as a Scripture. One day in 2017, I was reading the Book of Exodus. Chapter 24 describes an encounter that the Israeli leadership had with God. Specifically it says, "Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity." (verses 9 and 10)
The thought of the Throne Room of God having sapphire for a "floor" was astounding to me. The idea and "vision" kept at me and I began to write a song based on that passage.
It was nothing particularly special, just named "Sapphire", but the whole of the passage became part of me. Nancy eventually heard the song and loved it. Not long after, we were married and we had the jewelers put sapphires in her ring. Again the theme continued to a great degree.
We eventually began doing different kinds of craft together. It became a mainstay with us. At one point, we started thinking about a name to go by when it came to our artwork and crafting.
As though almost planned from the beginning, the word sapphire simply had to be part of it. But just using sapphire alone did not work.
The talent God had granted Nancy and I was unusual. I say that because it went in many directions. She was very talented making stuffed animals and tote bags with a sewing machine. I was blessed in working with wood. With all credit to God on those two accounts, we both had an additional talent that we didn't know of each other. I was gifted in story telling and writing, while she was my saving grace: an excellent editor. This was not a deciding factor in us getting married, but it was clearly part of God's plan. So we ran with it.
Having the gift of writing was wonderful. But I really didn't know how to
finish a book. With her help, we got it done. And five more since then. But our lives were not to be just about writing, editing and publishing books. It would grow more and more very quickly.
As the last three years unfolded, several things were dropped into our laps to help guide us in the direction of Sapphire Arts. It was late in 2018 that the name came to us. Realizing that we weren't going to just write books, but the desire to help others publish their story was strong in us as well. Having inherited tools, I returned to working with wood as a hobby. But God had more than that in mind. In a very short time, He unpacked a myriad of things in our lives that He seemed to be pushing us towards as ongoing and developing talents. The plush animals and incredible tote bags that Nancy makes, the cups and bowls that I make on the lathe, and the list of talents we combine to make available in the publishing arena all came together for us to see that God's giftings in us were meant to be more than just hobbies and occasional presents for family members.
Then finally seeing that the sapphire theme remained and that we were both talented artists (in multiple fields) the name Sapphire Arts seemed perfectly natural to us. And it was more than just a name that made sense. With it came the understanding that through our work in art, we gain more and more of the Throne Room of God. A place paved in sapphire.
Now we find ourselves at a new level where we spend every morning (usually seven days a week) teaching an online Bible Study. One of the most exciting things we do.
Through Sapphire Arts we wish to, first and foremost, lift the Name of God up. All talent credit goes to him. Of which we humbly accept His trust in us to use this talent to worship Him, love people, and build the Kingdom of God. We have learned to live gratefully, see His hand in our lives, and tell the world about the incredible love of God.
So, if you are trying to reach us, have an idea you want to work on, just need a shoulder and a pair of ears, or simply want to hear about the goodness of God, let us know. We'll just be blessing God with bags, bunnies, bowls, books and occasional blogs!
-Matt, April, 2020
P.S. this story is not finished...
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