Getting to the Truth of the Matter
To an untrained mind, interpreting what people say is as hard as looking at shades of color and deciphering all the pigmentation that creates it.
If you are the artist, you know what colors were mixed to get the right tones to enhance and complement your art. You read, studied, practiced and pondered. You started on a blank canvass and one layer at a time you built your masterpiece. You saw a picture in your mind, and had a plan. Someone watching may not know or understand, but if you sit long enough and watch you see it all materialize. Lines take on depth and dimension. Shades create light, shadow, form and texture.
I have watched people paint. I have little to no ability. If something I draw comes close to what I planned, I consider it a fluke, or God’s mercy for the moment. I don’t proclaim myself as an artist. Potentially, maybe I could learn if I want to put in the work required.
I am amazed at people who write and post articles every day. I try to keep up, but haven’t the energy. What I do put out takes a lot of stamina. After a few, I need to back off and rest a bit.
Just like any other form of expression, I believe writing for me is a medium used to enable my communication with others. I have described it as a call of God, but one that I need to learn. It sometimes comes fast, but not consistently, like I see it happening in others. If God calls you to do something, its not because you are able, it is because He is able, and it takes your time and effort to become able.
Words and art are interchangeable and both penetrate the very core of one’s being. It is said a picture says a thousand words and words paint pictures. Each is a viable conduit to a recipient. Each one speaks — whether orally, written or manifested in animation, each one communicates and we respond, knowingly and/or unknowingly.
The Bible is known as the “Word of God”. Many studies of this text has gone on for centuries. This is a book that lays out a plan of the beginning of all existence and continues beyond existence. It outlines the creation of mankind, the downfall and plan of redemption through the Jewish nation and a Savior, into the outermost regions of the earth, and on into the heavens.
From the very first chapter of Genesis, verse 3 it says “And God said, Let there light, and there was light.” Interesting, the Word of God brought forth His Art, His creation, His word picture. And then every creation after was preceded by His words.
When Jesus came on the scene in the New Testament, John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God.” Seems to me like Jesus is God who was with Him from the beginning. An intangible presence creating words, words creating tangibility. Uncreated, all knowing God creating a world and people in His image.
We were born with a purpose to create.
Ever since words began they have been critiqued, misconstrued, and twisted by man. The only real truth is God. Man has taken it and intertwined it with lies, not always purposely, but because of human error and blindness.
Truth has been tainted with lies, and lies laced with some truth.
It is not that people don’t want to know truth or don’t believe. So often it is the confusion of what to believe.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1Cor 13:12-13 NASB)
We will not know the whole truth about anything until heaven. What we do know from the Bible is that God is the Word and Jesus is the Word. They are one.
How do we learn anything? We go to the ones who have studied the subject. We can’t honestly learn something if we think we already know all there is about it. That is pride. We humble ourselves. Our human teacher doesn’t know all, but they know more.
I don’t know much at all about art. I haven’t studied it. I do know something about the Bible. I have been reading and studying it for 40 years. I don’t know all. I still go to scholars who know much more than I ask questions, lots and lots of questions of other believers.
The only way we can know God is the same way you can know me. There must be a personal relationship. If not, you have to rely on the words I write or the art I create.
Those who have no living relationship with the God of the Bible and who are not reading it with a seeking heart see errors and contradiction and reduce it to their own interpretations which have been added to and misconstrued through the ages.
No I don’t know the pigments needed to make chartreuse or periwinkle. The experienced artist may know. God is the artist of me. He knows what He is using to undo what has been done to me through every lie that has dampened His truth.
“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” 2 Cor 13:8 NASB)
My hope is to continue to study and know that there is no lie that will ever extinguish the light of God’s truth. His Word has lasted through the centuries, and though people have questioned, disregarded, misinterpreted and even reduced it to legend and lies, it continues to remain and has never been eradicated.
Truth in itself is exclusive. All truth that we create within our own frame of mind must be weighed by the one truth. We are not our own creators.
I need to stop measuring myself by myself or by anyone else’s evaluation of me. I will not have every answer, I will not see clearly in every situation, but what do I have? Faith, hope and love.