It was our first Saturday in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and we were ready to explore the city. There were so many activities to choose from. Cafes and restaurants, elephants and nature parks, even the famous Thai massage. A bunch of us squeezed into the back of a Songtaew and set out. Our decided destination was a museum called Art in Paradise. This was unlike any museum I have ever been to. The entire museum is interactive. You take pictures the entire time as you pose with the art.
When I first got there I had a difficult time with the whole premise of the museum. I had a thought of how our generation is addicted to taking selfies. Then I realized that I was thinking of how many pictures there would be of me on my Facebook page. We paid for our tickets and started taking pictures. At first we were kind of clumsy and didn’t know how to pose but then we looked at some of the pictures. It was amazing! It looked like we were really standing inside of the art. Once we felt excited about being at the museum there was a spark of creativity. We came up with fun ways to pose and it turned out that we had a lot of fun together.
Looking back on the pictures now I can see how the artist brilliantly painted each scene to make it look 3D. In every picture there is also each one of us. We are part of the art. This wasn’t by accident- the artist intended for the people coming to the museum to not just pass by but to jump in.
Throughout the rest of our trip through Thailand and Laos we took many more pictures. We took pictures with friends we met along the way, at waterfalls, on top of mountains and in the middle of fields. There was art all around us. The Creator had made vast scenes and if we so choose we could jump right in and become part of it all.
As I sit here now back in Canada watching the fresh snow cover the trees I’m thinking how amazing it is that God, like those artists, wants us to jump right in. He wants us to part of his art. I must say I’m also thinking how great it would be to be back in South East Asia right now…. Soaking up that warm, gorgeous sun.