So, at least one person has commented, saying they couldn't make out what the painting was created with or what some of the images were. So I uploaded a larger file for your downloading pleasure. If you don't know what I'm talking about, see previous Shalom post with painting.
This was probably the most difficult painting we have done together. Of course, I guess it's really only the second one we have done together!
Painting the chaos of life, gluing the bills, the receipts, the newspaper clippings, the pop-culture icons... that was all easy... even fun.
The hard part was bringing shalom to the mess.
I was reminded of how hard it can be to do good... to bring shalom to the mess of life. In fact, so hard is it to do good, support good things, live well, live generously, put our resources in good places... so hard is it that we sometimes end up as deer in the headlights... frozen. We can't move because we cannot discern which way is best. We just stay-put instead of trying out any sort of goodness.
Stuck. Wanting to do good, but so afraid of not doing the best. Stuck. Burying the master's talent.
Painting our way out of the chaos was tricky and took several days and different methods. It was difficult to bring shalom to the chaos.
The white felt a bit cliché in some ways, but James says it looks like light is tearing through the chaos. I like that. A gentle, but sudden tear where the Kingdom of God reaches us in the here and now. And we are but a small part of allowing it to find its way into this world I think.