Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Artist: Words on a page cannot compare to a personal experience

From RansomedHeart.com

Sunlight on water.

Songbirds in a forest.

Desert sands under moonlight.

Vineyards just before harvest.

These all share something in common—they reflect the heart of a particular artist. They are his masterpieces, his expression and his gift to us. The artist’s name is Jesus. Something else lies in common between these treasures and Jesus as well— words on a page cannot compare to a personal experience. Sailing the ocean on a bright morning with the wind in your face, wandering under a forest canopy while sunlight filters down, lying on warm dunes beneath a full moon watching shooting stars, drinking in the lush beauty of vineyards on a hillside in early autumn—these experiences are far closer to what it is actually like to experience Jesus than mere talk of him could ever be.

More words about Jesus are helpful only if they bring us to an experience of him.