Today, I have decided to introduce a different type of devotion. I want to walk you through a process to hear a message that the Lord intends for you today. Below is a copy of a painting drawn by artist Thomas Blackshear. He entitled this piece of art, “Forgiven.” You may have encountered this painting previously. Today, I want you to spend some time with it and reflect upon it.
Start by looking at the image for five minutes. Observe what details stand out to you. You may wish to take time to write some of these details down.
What do you notice about the man who Jesus is holding?
What does the hammer and spike communicate to you?
Is there anything about the man’s jeans which stands out?
What about the flowers in each of the bottom corners of the painting?
Notice anything about the ground on which they are standing?
Why is Jesus holding the man in this way?
What contrasts exist between Jesus and the man?
Is there anything missing from the painting which you would add? What and why?
How does Blackshear use light and what does that communicate to you?
What is the overall message you receive from this painting today?
What do you wish to say to the Lord at this time?