The Weekly Breather: Jesus Became Poor
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 of your current thoughts or concerns and place them aside. Be still and breathe deeply.
Encounter: Jesus Became Poor
For this breather, spend several minutes looking at the artwork at the top of this article: “Jesus Became Poor” by Jake Dorr (USA/Contemporary). Then, read through each Scripture passage slowly,
For He knows how we are formed;
He is mindful that we are dust.
Psalm 103:14 (JPS)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit
into the wilderness
to be tempted by the devil.
Matthew 4:1 (NET)
For we do not have a high priest incapable
of sympathizing with our weaknesses,
but one who has been tempted in every way
just as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 (NET)
Contemplate: His Poverty and Our Freedom
- Look at the colors of Jesus, now look at the colors of that credit cards. What do the amount and diversity of the colors of the credit cards communicate?
- What is the wall of credit cards blocking? How does this color relate to the colors of Jesus and the credit cards?
- From where is the source of this light coming?
- Does the glow around Jesus match the source of light behind the credit cards? What might this imply?
- With whom does Jesus identify? Why?
- What is Jesus doing? Why?
- What color are the scissor handles? What might that signify?
- What emotion (or emotions) is Jesus feeling?
- In what condition is Jesus? The credit cards?
- Does he intend to cut every last card?
- How efficient is Jesus’ method? What might that suggest?
- For whom is he cutting the cards?
- To what are you most drawn in the artwork? Why?
Get quiet again.
First thank God for Jesus’s humanity.
Ask Him where you are too attached to this world.
Listen to how He might lead you to freedom.
Write it down and post it somewhere so that you will see it regularly.