Something the casual onlooker may not realize is that beneath the beauty of ‘Day 5’ there is also an amazing structure. It’s not just a pretty picture of a tree. For a piece that proclaims INTELLIGENT DESIGN, first through it’s name…pointing to God as Creator depicting days 1-5 of Creation from the Bible, but also to God as creator of everything….including geometry.
The more scientists study nature and life forms, the more amazed they become as they see the flawless perfection to the Nth detail. Therefore, what better way to speak about Creation than with tessellations as the bone structure of this piece.
So what is a tessellation?
In your business or industry is there a really BIG EVENT or award or recognition that you dream about, or hope for, or seek? I am thrilled to announce that my mosaic, “Day 5” has been chosen from over 300 entries from 10 countries to be one of 55 pieces in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, Lexington, KY, Mar 2-Apr 30, 2012. In my world, THIS IS the REALLY BIG SHOW!
(Part 14 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
This last portion of the cycle around the tree is a season of overcoming. (Reddish brown section to left) Gradual baby steps lead to giant leaps of faith. After a time of hiddenness and molding this season feels uncertain. You desire to step out but something has changed in you along the way. You have traded in being your own boss and are now looking to God for His perfect will and timing in everything. You have learned that when He is the initiator there is supernatural reward. You’re no longer satisfied in what you alone can accomplish. When God is working, waves of exponential return flood in one after another. You’re no longer asking What can I do to succeed. Your gaze has widened to What is God up to and What is my part?
(Part 13 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
If you pursue God He will show up…..up close and personal. He will sweep in and completely rock your world by His personal expression of love for you. For some reason sometimes we think the God of the Universe is too busy for us; He’s rotating the globe, expanding the universe, dealing with nations and people groups. How could He have time for me? For some reason we forget that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in us. Christ dwells in our hearts. He will never leave us nor forsake us. The Kingdom of God is within. He has all the time in the world just for you.
(Part 12 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
Be prepared for a mind shift. The way into the Kingdom of Heaven is with the mind of a child. One of the first things you’ll discover is the way Up into God is actually down. In order for Him to fill you and awaken you with His Spirit, your soul has to be dethroned. Get ready for war but in this case the appropriate response is surrender. You’ll be amazed at how you want to believe and to allow Jesus to be Lord in your life but for some reason your body and soul seem to have a mind of their own. In some ways they do….years of habit, generational behaviors, selfishness, fear… You’re not alone, we all have it. You will go through a season of war in which part of you is fighting against yourself.
(Part 11 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
The journey with God is full of paradox, mystery, ecstasy, clarity and deep places of questioning your understanding. These extremes continue throughout because God is limitless, but at the same time He is unchanging. Spiritual transformation is all about getting to know God one facet at a time and allowing ourselves to be changed from the inside out into His likeness. Our journey’s are unique but also have common seasons.
(Part 10 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
To the casual on-looker Spiritual Transformation could be confused with self-help. They both include a gradual increased state of wellness and contentment in life. The most obvious difference is the focus; self-help is all about me and my needs, the gospel is all about Jesus the change-agent who is doing the work in me and it’s goal is not for me. I am changed in order to affect you. I am changed from the inside out causing my direct connection to God to be clean, crisp and powerful impacting my encounters with you.
My desire in moving forward in the process is not so I can be more beautiful and happy, those are just by-products. I am moving forward because God’s love for the world has ruined me and I want what He wants.