A picture is worth 1,000 words….sometimes more. We are visual beings. All of our physical senses are remarkable gifts from God because they allow us to understand our Creator more intimately. The sound of the ocean, the smell of a rose, the taste of a peach or the feel of the sun on our face - all speak to us very personally. But the gift of sight trumps them all. I can't say exactly why. (Maybe it is because sight immediately provides context – tells us where we are?) Since this blog exists in a visual medium, using imagery to express, teach and learn about our God seems to make a lot of sense. And there is certainly no shortage of images that speak to each of our spirits. The hope is that we may all see something that we may not have seen before.
I recently saw this used in a presentation and it really stuck with me. It made me think that God does not give us a task to do without an ability to do it. That’s just what came to my mind…Take a second to tell me what came to your mind the first time you saw it…just curious…RTDon’t rock the boat
I volunteer at our church middle school youth program. Last week one of our instructors, Michelle, made reference to this canvas by Rembrandt called ‘The Storm on the Sea of Galilee’. It depicts the scene from Mark’s Gospel 4:35-41, where Christ and his disciples are on a boat in the midst of a violent storm which threatens to capsize the boat and throw them all overboard into turbulent waters. Michelle pointed out two very important aspects of Rembrandt’s image. The first thing to remember is, although the sky in most of the painting is dark and ominous, there is an opening in the clouds where the light of the sun (son) breaks through. That speaks to God’s omnipotent presence in our lives even through extremely difficult times.
The second point is more subtle yet equally powerful. The right (rear) side of the boat, the side on which Christ is seated, is low and stable in the water; the disciples are focused on Christ and engaged with him and less so with the events happening around them. The left (front) side of the boat is (more…)Old Enough
One mistake most of us make is to talk to young people as if they can’t comprehend the deep stuff like God and a relationship with Christ, when in reality they are around the same age as Mary when she became the mother of Jesus, and David when he slew Goliath…let that sink in a minute. The images to the left might look like a couple of kids you would see at a mall, but on closer inspection: God’s holy vessel and the King of Israel. So if God believes that a teenager can deal with the deep stuff, why don’t we?