The Weekly Breather: Be Transformed

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. Still yourself inside. Breathe deeply.

Encounter: Held back by sin

For this breather, spend several minutes looking at this piece, “Transformation” by Anneli Anderson.

Do not be conformed to this present world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may test and approve what is the will of God
—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (NET)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
and run with endurance the race set out for us,
keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Hebrews 12:1–2a (NET)

Source: Anneli Anderson, Illuminated Praise (Lexington, KY: no publisher provided, 2011).

Contemplate: Walking His Path

What color is the ground? What emotion does it elicit?
What color is the sky?
Where else do you see red in the painting?
Where is the person walking to?
What color is the destination?
Where else do you see brightness in the painting?
What posture is the person in? Why?
How many cords of restraint are there and where are they connected to the person?
Is the person restrained in bondage by the cords?
Look at the person’s hands… what do you notice?
Look at the person’s left foot… is it restrained or is the person dragging the cord?
Why is the person restrained or pulling these cords?
How will the person find freedom?

Prayer

Get quiet again.
First, cross your wrists and ankles, one over the other, as if you were in bondage. Notice how this feels.
Then, ask God to show you where in your life you are in bondage.
Now, ask Him to show you where in your life you are intentionally dragging burdens you don’t need to or shouldn’t carry.
Confess your sin and uncross your wrists and ankles.
Receive forgiveness and thank God for the freedom Jesus brings you.

Ben Snyder

Ben is a husband, father, priest, and scholar with a PhD in Biblical Studies (NT emphasis) from Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to his studies at Asbury, he completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served with Mission Aviation Fellowship in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his wife, Amy, have 4 handsome sons. Ben loves to play music, make (and eat) sushi, dabble with tech, and help his boys navigate life. He currently serves as the Soul Care Community's Editorial Assistant and Book Review Editor.

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