How can one paint what one cannot describe. Is it possible to express the inexpressible? Are some mysteries so complex that it is impossible to describe, and nothing can capture what is the heart of the story line? Perhaps it can be done; then again, perhaps not.
Traditional painting and photography often captures what cannot be fully seen. We look into the pictures as if we are looking in to the hearts and souls of those captures in a brief moment in time. Yet the limits always come at what is. Photographs are limited to the content found in their subjects. Traditional painting often decides to limit itself at the boundaries of the artist mind. Is there more than can be expressed?
I sit listening to a soundtrack I picked up at the premier of a urban dance and theatre group last night. I am struck by the thoughts expressed in dance and music that was beyond anyone involved. The story line was filled with themes that we understood but there was something more. John’s words echoed as a watched from the balcony. “The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God. The earthborn is earthbound and speaks earth language; the heaven born is in a league of his own.” (John 3.31)
I watched and experienced the Spirit in action last night. I found myself walking down paths I thought I had long since forgotten. Instead of old recurrent cold sweats, I found myself being pulled down the path with a troupe, experiencing the awesome creative power of a loving, compassionate, engaged God.
I have no idea of how to fully describe the dance that followed but I do know that the invitation to experience this is open to you and me. God passionately loves us exactly where we are! God compassionately understands everything that we face! God actively travels with us, ready to engage and be the difference. This may not be the language of our heads but it is of our hearts. Listen, your life depends on it.