The paintings and photos I use here are chosen in two ways. Usually, I write something or find a quote, and then look for a picture to help illustrate the point.
Occasionally, however, I find the picture first. Which is what happened today. I am amazed at how this newly discovered painting has grabbed my imagination and even led me into prayer (God can truly use anything). Frederic Leighton surely had no idea, when he painted "The Painter's Honeymoon" in 1864, that a woman 150 years later would find his work leading her into meditation on ways of God...
The more I looked at this work of art, the more pulled in I actually was. I immediately saw the man as representing Christ. The scene could be taking place in Eternity, perhaps when the woman ("I," in this case) had just arrived.
"See? This is what I have been doing," He might be saying. "All that time when you were struggling, suffering, worrying. Just look at the beauty I have drawn from that. Notice how I've blended light into the shadows. Your life would not have been a work of art without the dark spots, which, as you can see here, have given form and texture to the whole. Notice how your life blends into all that I'm still doing. See how I continue to work, to contour, merging the decisions you made and the paths you took into what's going on with your descendants and their friends and, indeed, the whole world."
"The whole world?" I ask. He looks at me then, and does not say a word. In His eyes is the answer. Of course. Each life affects the others, in ways people could never imagine.
HE is the One Who can see the WHOLE whole picture. HE is Creator, "Painter," Author. He is King, Savior, Teacher, Healer, Messiah, Bridegroom. He is the Alpha and Omega. He alone is Lord of all.
"In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God's presence, and the Word was God... through Him all things came into being, and apart from Him nothing came to be." (John 1:1-2)
"We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His decree." (Romans 8:28)
"Now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror; then, we shall see face to Face. My knowledge is imperfect now; then I shall know even as I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12)