I’m amazed by what camera modes can bring to paintings and pictures. This truly looks to me like a sunset and, if you look at it at different angles, the light seems to change – thanks camera!
The image and message I was trying to portray in this picture was one that Dallas Willard described in his book, ‘The Divine Conspiracy’. It made a real impression on me then and has stuck with me ever since. Hopefully you can work it out from piecing the pictures together.
‘The keeping of the law turns out to be an inherently self-refuting aim; rather, the inner self must be changed. Trying merely to keep the law is not wholly unlike trying to make a pear tree bear apples by tying apples to its branches.’
Does it make any sense yet?!
Well, the idea is that if we simply decide to change our outward behaviour/appearance to make it ‘good’ (because God, society/parents/religion/the preacher etc tell us so) but continue on with the same old insides and heart, then we are like a pear tree trying to be an apple tree by simply pulling off the pears and tying apples onto its branches.
The only way for an apple tree to truly be an apple tree, is for it to be one on the inside, in its depths. Then apples will naturally grow instead of pears.
If we are rooted and anchored firmly in God’s love (his Spirit?), then this love will flow up into us, will transform our insides and our hearts so that ‘good fruits’ can begin to blossom as a natural result of the person we really are (with our collaboration of course – the Spirit does not turn us into robots)! And love fulfils the whole law.
So seemingly simple. So true.