GTA Advent Journey: Day Nine, God’s Eyes

God thru the Arts- Advent Journey
Day Nine: God’s Eyes

The key to finding the deeper meaning of Christmas is to view the gift of God’s son as His gift of love to the world. To really see God reaching out to us in tenderness, can be powerful. In my earthbound heart it helps me to imagine looking into His eyes…and when I do, I feel the emotion that I see in them.

God Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel, Creation of Adam (detail) by Michelangelo Buonarroti, fresco 1510, Vatican Museum Galleries, Vatican City, Image Courtesy Bridgeman Art Library.

Seeing God is no small task, however. It can seem daunting, to say the least, but it is an exercise that is well worth the effort. To continue will put you in the company of men such as Michelangelo, who became a revolutionary of his time by painting a very human vision of the face of God into the Sistine Chapel. Can you imagine the enormity of his task, to make himself that vulnerable by expressing his personal vision of God? To fully appreciate the size of his undertaking, I always imagine him gazing at a blank wall and wondering where to begin, asking himself,

“How should I personify the Creator?”

After years of perfecting his vision of God as a powerful deity with flowing grey hair, the chapel opened for its first public viewing. Imagine the feelings of apprehension he must have had as he opened the doors of the chapel for the first time. He probably thought, “Will anyone understand what I am trying to say with this work?”

When we see the beauty of his work, it is difficult to imagine a man with any kind of fears or doubts. It is interesting to note, however, that Michelangelo’s painting of God was such unfamiliar territory for his day, and his approach so ground-breaking, that upon their first viewing, the cardinals did not even recognize his portrayal as a vision they were familiar with of God. Their ideas of God as creator of the universe had never before been this humanistic.

However, with this portion of his ceiling Michelangelo begins a new age of viewing God as someone who is much more approachable; a God who is strong and powerful, who is control of all the universe, but ultimately reaching out to man. ~ p. 41 My Dancing Day

Try your hand at creating a personal picture of God by writing a “fantasy description.” Begin by asking yourself questions:

  • How do I most often see God in my mind’s eye?
  • What kind of atmosphere is he surrounded by?
  • In your personal picture, where are you in relation to God?
  • Allow yourself to press into the scene and imagine the tone of your feelings. What is the expression in God’s eyes?

For God so loved the world that he gave us his only one and only Son, that whoever should believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16




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