My Collage/God’s Collage
Last week’s post showed photos of a ceramic donkey, which I then isolated from their backgrounds using a graphics program.
This little critter, just 4 inches high to the tip of the ears, is a family heirloom. If my remembrance is correct (and there’s no one left to ask), it was fashioned by an uncle of mine whom I met in person for only about an hour in real life – and that was LONG ago. By now the donkey might be 80 years old – or even older. His ears have been glued back in place a couple of times. But his bright, shiny colors are as vivid as ever.
I incorporated computer printouts of the donkey into a collage. A collage, by its very definition, is an assembly of elements from unrelated sources, fastened or glued together to form a finished picture.
The backing sheet was a glossy-paper advertising flyer that came folded in with a newspaper. The yellow paper is an opened-out business mail envelope. Cuttings of clouds emerged from the white paper around the printouts of the donkeys. The grass is recycled blue painter’s tape that I’d used to anchor a paper I was coating with white housepaint, which will become the backdrop for another artwork. Marking pens added the red lines, and the blue around the clouds.
Individual, unrelated parts have been brought together to make a unique (or quirky?) design.
In the same way, God always remembers exactly who I am and who he wants me to become. And he’s putting together pieces from many seemingly-unrelated sources. I trust that he’s fashioning me into a surprisingly wonderful design that only he can imagine.
“Long ago, before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own, through what Christ would do for me; he decided then to make me holy in his sight – without a single fault – we who stand before him covered with his love.” (Eph 1: 4 TLB)
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