Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wounds of Light

Wounds of Light
Water soluble oil and charcoal on corrugated paper

So Moses said, “I must turn aside now, and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” Exodus 3:3 NASB

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. Romans 8:29 The Message

Light defines shape and provides color, but the light of a fire is ever shifting, providing ‘active’ color and definition to the surrounding environment. Firelight give memories to our eyes, like a visual conversation, leaving bits and pieces to ponder. William Blake said, “Colours are the wounds of light.”

Moses experienced a conversation with God through light, sound, and, lest we forget, temperature... fire commands the space between the observer and the consumed.

Michael Card said this,
     "You know, the rabbis asked the question as to why the God of the universe should speak through a lowly bush. They said it takes two minutes to determine if the bush is being consumed or not. They concluded that God was looking for a man who could listen for two minutes!"

John O’Donohue said, “To be holy is to be home, to be able to rest in the house of belonging that we call the soul.” Perhaps there, in the holy shadow of God's fire, God saw a man who could listen and Moses saw the intended shape of his life and felt home.

Wounds of Light incorporates water soluble oil paint and charcoal- water, oil, and charred wood- basic materials artists have used for millennia.