He stood there for a long time, lost in thought and completely oblivious to my taking his photo. What is it about the painting that has so caught the man’s attention? I would imagine that the artist would be delighted, the painting was achieving the desired affect; the viewer was being drawn in, captivated, connected with. Art is many things, but as a means of communication it is a very powerful medium.
Last night I read this:
The first thing we learn about [God] in the Scriptures is that He was an artist. … God moved across the chaos and began to imagine. Colours – blue and green and red and yellow. All the colours somehow mixed together. What would green look like alongside blue, with a little thin band of gold to join the two? Mountains. Oceans. Beaches. Rivers. Trees. Canyons. Valleys. Shapes and textures and smells and taste. All these things existed in God’s imagination, even before he decided to make them into a reality and create His artistic masterpiece – the world…
(Steve Stockman, “Walk On”, the Spiritual Journey of U2. Relevant Books, 2005, p.88)
God is the great Artist, He has communicated to us through His great canvas. Are we drawn in, captivated, connected?
Or do we just walk on by?