I enjoy art that evokes emotion. When something can move my heart out of a comfortable place, I appreciate it more. I can give you an endless list of examples of movies that have impacted my heart; some pushed it to extreme anger, and others pulled it into a pensive corner.
Music does the same thing.
A lot of my personal work – specifically my self portraits – are inspired by the songs that are on my heart during certain seasons. The idea for the photograph on which this post is based was born while I was listening to “Sailboats” by Brooke Fraser.
The extended metaphor of the boat and the sea is beautifully written and sung. I heard that she wrote this song for her husband, but it reminds me so much of my relationship with God. The first verse includes the lines, “My love is the sea, Yours is the horizon, constant and steady.” My love for God is wavy – up and down – yet His for me is constant and steady.
As I was working on the image, other songs and the nature of the season in which I have been were amplified on my heart.
The song, “It is well” by Kristene DiMarco from Bethel Music, also started to take centre stage. “Let go, my soul, and trust in Him. The waves and wind still know His name.”
There is so much to say, but without getting lost in all of the thoughts that contributed to this image, I have learned that seasons of solitude are the most trying times, but they can be the most fruitful. Forced introspection – although highly unpleasant – and not having any option other than to turn to God, yields beautiful healing and growth.
Praise be to God for all the work He has done, and is still doing.
– Psalm 37:3 – 7