The Weekly Breather: The Good Shepherd (A Guided Art Meditation)
A guided art meditation is simply a time to be still, contemplate, and allow God to speak to you through art. While we are accustomed to verbal and written forms of communication, art is a visual form which connects with our minds and hearts in a very different way. It is a way of communicating without using words.
Settle Yourself and Release
Find a quiet place to relax and meet God. Gather all your current thoughts or concerns and place them aside. Be still and breathe deeply.
Spend several minutes looking at the piece, “Good Shepherd,” by David Bonnell (USA/Contemporary).
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Psalm 23:1 (NET)
For this is what the sovereign Lord says:
Look, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.
As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his
scattered sheep, so I will seek out my flock.
Ezekiel 34:11–12 (NET)
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11 (NET)
- What are the two dominant colors of this piece? Why did the artist choose these two?
- What might the white represent besides the color of the sheep?
- What might the dark-blue represent?
- What relationship is there between these two colors and their representation?
- What posture is Jesus in? What other color would we normally expect to see associated with his posture? What connection does the color blue have with this posture?
- Where are the sheep gathered?
- How many sheep are there?
Take a moment and reflect on what it means for Jesus to be your shepherd.
Identify a moment in your life where His shepherding was tangible to you.
Ask Jesus to show you where you need his shepherding today.