This is my latest art piece, a wire sculpture for our ‘No Ordinary Life: The Story of Jacob’ series at New Vintage Church.
Like most of us, Jacob wrestled with God. His encounter may have been a little bit more physical than others, but the principle is the same. Wether it’s asking tough questions, struggling with insecurities, or dealing with tragedies, sometimes our closeness to God comes in the midst of a wrestling match.
Jacob was left with a physical reminder of his encounter with God. His hip was permanently wrenched, and he walked with a limp for the rest of his life.
Sometimes our encounters with God result in a scar. They are a constant reminder of our journey, and our proximity to the Lord. We may not look at them as a blessing, especially when they seem to make life more difficult, but it is so often to lose sight of the fact that we have all been touched by God.
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on the pain than the growth.
Sometimes we see what’s missing and lose sight of what we have gained.
Jacob experienced pain, and as a result became the namesake of God’s chosen people.
He could have chosen to sit back and complain about what God had done to him. Instead he chose to walk on.
One love, One heart.