Glorifying God Through Art—Kathrin Honesta

Kathrin Honesta
Kathrin Honesta

28 Jan 2015 by Adeline Lum CM-

 

Kathrin Honesta, a 21-year-old student who hails from Jakarta,  felt led by God to pursue Advertising and Graphic Design in “The One Academy” in Malaysia.

A speaker of the Art Sowers held in DUMC on 11 January 2015, Kathrin Honesta shared about her journey with God. The event drew more than 30 people from the Arts College and industry.

Only when she moved to Malaysia, she realized that the Lord was leading her to The One Academy. Despite her father’s initial reluctance, he relented after he heard surprising glowing recommendations of The One Academy from another university.

Even as a young girl, she always knew that she wanted to be a designer, a painter, or any occupation relating to art. Growing up, she would draw according to the comic books she read, manga-style.

 

Ref: tellusyourfreedom
Ref: tellusyourfreedom

 

Finally, planting herself in The One Academy, she began to meet new friends and moved to a new church in Malaysia, which changed her mind.

“I see things differently. I started to see the purpose in my life. God created me here and planted this talent not for my pleasure but I got to learn to be responsible.

“In my first year, I wanted to glorify God in my art and design but I was not exposed to people who do so. I thought glorifying God is to preach the Word of God until I heard Tau Fei; I heard his lecture; he shared about his passion on the first day of class.”

“I said to myself, ‘Wow! Actually there are people who think that way too.’ Then, I started to think differently, ‘Maybe I can glorify God through my art.’ My major itself doesn’t really require much drawing. But I just do it for my personal work,” said Kathrin.

She realized that there are many designers and artists in this industry. But the difference Christian artists have is that they can be the light of the world.

“Sometimes, I am just sitting with this person, listening to their stories and suddenly there’s this visual that comes. People are walking around but they don’t know where they are going. I was blind but now I see.

“When I really see God, when I really know Him, I start to walk differently than other people. The flower on the top is a mustard seed growing into a flower,” she said.

 

… I was blind but now I see! (John 9:25)
… I was blind but now I see! (John 9:25)

 

 

He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25)

 

“One day, I was praying. It’s my quiet time with God. And then it struck me how transparent we are with our God. The only one who truly sees me is Him. At the very core, it is God and I. There’s nothing to hide from God. He knows my heart’s motivation,” Kathrin said.

 

Between me & God
Between me & God

 

She wished to glorify God in every aspect of her life.

“The purpose of my life, I don’t know yet but I know that God is leading me and I am doing the best I could,” she said.

 

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