This morning as I started to work in the studio while iso church was streaming the message, the subject matter and art method and style is my focus again, but the end result is always unexpected.
I see in pictures all the time. When I hear people talk, when I hear songs or sounds, when I read, my head fills with images and ideas of how these could become flesh. Since art school the human form has continued to evolve in my work. It use to be simplistic, more obvious. Early on I thought, whoa, God has saved me from the darkness and is transforming me and I was all like, “I’m going to make art to tell the world all about Jesus!” And then God turned the art back at me. It’s been about 12 years now on this part of my journey. A reluctant journey, a distracted journey, but still transformative, because when God knows what your end game is there is no escaping what he will do in and through you. He is patient, kind and gentle. I love this about God. It’s my resistance to change that makes God seem harsh.
This artwork is a reminder that regardless of what circumstance I find myself in or who I walk beside, Christ in me doesn’t change. He is my blood flow. Walking alongside people who think differently to me about how we all do life is not a deal breaker in a relationship. It’s the opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other and create greater understanding of each other. Meeting people where we are at.
I know God has a long way to go with me in revealing to me who He is through images of my own transformation, my weaknesses, challenges and healing, it makes me soberly aware of this walking alongside someone else. It comes back to relationship is King.
And the the one I have with Jesus is my best teacher of how to do this well.