Monday, February 27, 2006

It all depends on where you stand

Julian Beever is a chalk artist who has so thoroughly mastered the art of perspective that people have a hard time walking over the vivid, three-dimensional images he works into the city street. Given the image above, I can imagine walking up to this little Sony Vaio and trying to check my email.

The interesting thing about these images is that they only make sense if you are standing in the right place and from the right perspective. Otherwise they seem distorted and strange:

How true this is for much of the life we live in the here and now. Where we stand makes all the difference to us in terms of what makes sense, which truths are expedient and useful, and which are distorted and strange. For the Christian, the life of following Jesus makes for a profoundly different place to stand.

Standing where He is, that is, following in His footsteps, simple truths such as "treat others as you would want to be treated," "love your neighbor as yourself," and "blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" are put into their proper perspective and can be seen for what they are: simple truths.

I wonder how often we miss the simply true because of where we are standing?

~ ~ ~


Dwayne Hilty said...

Not sure that I've read too many blog posts that have been this on-target abour life, reality, and faith. Perspective is all too often an underrated commodity that gets a lot of lip service, but may not be taken as seriously as it needs to be.

I've seen these images before, but have never seen the "distorted" side that you showed. Sad how my attitudes, assumptions, inability to move so often prevent me from seeing God's fingerprints all around me.

Tim Lewis said...

Coolness. He should draw a liger next.

Gunslinger said...

Its a cross between a lion and a tiger, probably my most favorite animal. Bred for it's powers in magic

Jake Shore said...

How true this is. How you ever run across someone with a perspective of faith, church, or Christianity that is so alien, you don't even know how to articulate it. In contrast, can our perspective, which makes so much sense to us as to be called truth, look similarly distorted. That's scary. God help us to know where to begin.

Big Mike Lewis said...

Flippin' sweet pictures! This guy has skills.