Week 30 9/25/2016
Title of drawing: "Peace" (Mark 4:36-41)
The world can be scary. Nature is a strong and violent force and mankind is more fragile than we care to admit. A reasonable coexisting expectation of respect from others can be easily crushed by hateful actions or hateful words. With broken hearts we break the hearts of others.
When confronted with suffering we struggle and question God's goodness and his care for us. This drawing depicts that struggle. The disciples were scared for their lives aboard a little boat in a big storm but Jesus was fast asleep in the same boat. What's the difference? Mark 4:38 describes the disciples' fear, "And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”".
With this drawing I'm hoping to emphasis this difference: Jesus fully knew who he was and the disciples did not, at least not yet. The waves, boat and disciples are blurry and visually unresolved. The only area of detail and clarity is Jesus asleep in the boat. Jesus doesn't promise to spare us from all the troubles of the world but because he loves and cares for us he does promise to never leave or forsake us. Faith in him can manifest the courage to weather tragedy, to persevere with peace because he's with us in the storm. Jesus is that peace. I find comfort in John 16:33, "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world
View the time lapse video HERE.
Listen to the sermon HERE.