About once a year—which sums up to once every thousand pictures (more spaghetti you throw on the wall, more sticks)—I snap a photo of my daughter, which we all agree is “really her.” It captures a fully-formed gesture or expression. Not the performed smile. Not the weird intermediate morph between two looks. Then we frame it and ship it to the grandparents. Nobody thinks the ink on paper is actually my daughter, but we all gaze fondly at the material image and say, “That’s V.” Her photo is an icon of her.
Church history is rife—yes, rife (rhymes with strife)—with controversy over the use of icons in prayer, but one thing everyone agrees upon is that Christ is the perfect icon of Yahweh, “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). Furthermore—blessed be my Creator—he “knows how I’m made and remembers that I am a material girl” (Ps 103:14 NRS). Sometimes, I need to see his invisible hand moving in a visible way.
What material thing has God used to remind you of his character or conduct in your world?
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