The art of Tim Noble and Sue Webster has always blown my mind. They must be pretty gifted to be able to make a literal pile of rubbish resemble something so real. And yet the shadow seems so different and distinct, so contrary to what it reflects.
Sometimes, there are those moments in life where you have a chance to stare at it long enough to see that it’s not quite right. It’s those short and “unusual” peeks and pauses between the long smooth strides you take through life. Things like conflict, funerals and divorces, or maybe not such large canyons but seemingly small cracks like gossip or disagreement. Surely, everyone has experienced this. Glimpses of a bigger picture, perhaps.
When I stand too close to ‘life’, I so quickly place my trust in things that are actually not worth it in the long term, like chasing after the wind. I come to realise that the only constant is Christ and what he’s done, sometimes because it feels like it’s the only thing left standing. Whether it’s the amazing family I have in Him who provide eager love and support, or the comfort, joy and assurance I have knowing that he has greater plans for me.
These past few weeks or months, or however long it’s been, I’ve been standing on the edge of a great canyon, surveying the spectacular person of Christ in light of such a broken world. Even though I have no control over what happens next, where I go or what doors are opened for me, I know his sovereignty and his great purpose. I thought I’d take a chance to share with you some scripture that has brought me much comfort and joy even when I can see the brokenness of the world so clearly.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This verse can often be used in the wrong way, some people suggest that if things don’t seem to be going well then maybe you don’t even know God. But just take a moment to reflect, that often when things aren’t great you come out of them having learnt so much. As Job says “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” (Job 23:10). Just as a loving Father disciplines his children for their good, so God disciplines us out of love for our good.
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God”
There is so much comfort in knowing that although it feels like life pulls and pushes me around, there is security in God. He is consistent, compassionate and he alone saves. When all my plans and goals and dreams fall through, when I put my hope in the things that pass away like the wind, there is a God holding me fast. Something worth putting my hope and time and life into.
So although I feel a little like this sculpture, pushed and pulled around by the elements, I cling to the one and true living God who never moves. Who even came and experienced the brokenness of this world, suffered at the hands of his own creation to clear a path to him. If you haven’t yet felt the desire to accept the offer to walk with Him, can I encourage you to, it’s well worth it.