If I Could


If I could be an artist in my writing, I would rather be in the league of Wendell Berry than Jack Kerouac in so far as how I choose to use my words of description; in the sort of portrait, landscape, or mural I would want to bring to life.

The subject chosen in writing, of course, matters supremely. It might affect my view of God. Or any writers view of Him, so far as they think about Him at all. In my case, He may become even more large and infinite than He is already. But also even more personal than He is already. Personal is the narrow focal point of the prism in all relationships with God by God’s own design and desire. Why? I’ll tell you. I don’t know! But I am very pleased He chooses personal.

If I could be an artist in my writing, I would use words to describe and bring to life the experiencing a relationship with this personal God. This God who sees me. It would be such life-like a mural of flourishing color and movement so to capture the attention of the least interested, the passer-by, the non-curious, the skeptic, and the jaded of life. It would arrest the attention of other artists who would pause and view and say, “Yes. That’s it.” Those who are well versed in the art of describing their own relationship with this same personal God.

Why would I desire this? For my own recognition? For my own renown? For my own name to be up in lights? NO! It is because He would be seen in glorious beauty, a likeness of that which He really is. If I were an artist of words, I could display the subject in all His glory so that the writer and his words would fade into the background and the Subject of beauty would emerge as the all-in-all to the attention of the beholder!

But I’m not an artist of words. Therefore, I will go in the strength that I have. Little is much, and much is little, saieth the Savior. What does this mean? I will tell you. I don’t know! But I trust Him to know.  -g.w


29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.  Matthew 19: 29-30 (Berean Study Bible)


8 thoughts on “If I Could”

  1. I love those pictures you included. The one with the silhouette of a face all done up in colour swaths is so cool. Any idea who the artist is? And that typewriter reminds me of the one on which I learned to type in the 1980s.

    I’m hunting for the button to follow your writing. It seems to be in a different spot on everyone’s WordPress blog.

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  2. I searched and searched and searched on your blog from my computer, but I could not find a “follow” button anywhere. That was on my computer. Then I took a look on my phone and BOOM there it was! Found it and now get to follow. 🙂

    This makes me need to tend to my own blog and ensure there is a follow button easily found by anyone. That’s going to take some thinking.

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