During our latest sacred:space Mel (Art by Mel )) spoke of her own journey from theatre scenery painting and costume design to her current art work and it was a journey that like most of us involved a period of darkness. and discovering images that spoke to her
A picture inspired by Adam and Eve and the idea of being a suitable partner (Hebrew 'Khegedu') which has the sense of 'standing boldly opposite'
The power of visual images as testified by CS Lewis:
‘images that grow within the soul have life – like cancer and often cut live on below’
verses that had particular resonance: Being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Rom 12:1-2) - faith being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb 11:1)
The image of the archer who has just missed the mark but whick spoke of grace
TIME TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD
we were given space to create - using 3 exercises starting with an IMAGE a SCRIPTURE or a QUESTION.
So after around 3/4 hour 'drawing near to God' all 12 participants shared what had spoken to them - through the pictures and drawings
I tried to draw a picture of a verse that had spoken to me in 3 John v 7
“for the sake of the Name they went forth, taking nothing….."
The imgae it brought to mind was a coracle tossed by the winds and the waves, allowing the elements to direct them believing that God was in the storm and the uncertainty. I still need to finish off my picture (do pictures ever get 'finished'?) but in the meantime here is one I found on the internet - which is cheating I know.......