Lavender and Holloway suggest in their book, in the "Going Deeper" section (p 24), that we draw a picture of God, using crayons or colored markers. "What do you learn about your view of God from this picture? If you think this is a childish exercise, ask yourself, "Has my view of God changed significantly from my childhood?" If so, how?
I decided to take their advice. I hoped no one came in while I had my children's crayons strewn across my desk and I was intent with mouth twisted and eyebrows furrowed in effort to draw a picture of God. So I guess I do need to ask myself how my view has changed since I was a child. Because we believe God doesn't change, doesn't mean we should let our view of God to remain static throughout our lives. We'll never fully get our minds around God, but part of Spiritual formation for us is to form our minds around who God is, what he has done, how we conceive of him, how we are shaped, in return, by him.
Here's my picture:
I envisioned the day Jesus returned to his disciples, who had been fishing, and he cooked fish for them. The ways God is revealed as creator and father, as Son and Savior and Lord, and as Holy fire of Spirit are represented. There are so many ways we can think and conceive of our God. I want to see yours . . .
Draw a picture of God today and share it with me by email or mail. firstname.lastname@example.org. The ZOE Group/Wineskins PO Box 41028 Nashville TN 37204.