Well I said I’d return to the Beyond Limits Exhibition we went to see on Saturday.
This piece by Ugo Rondinone is called ‘Air gets into everything even nothing’. That is very true. There is nothing and nowhere where air does not and cannot get (including if I understand this correctly, a vacuum!) Everywhere is a possibility for air to touch and be.
This immediately (because that’s how my mind works – “there must be a sermon in this”) makes me think of God. There is nothing and nowhere where God cannot and does not get. Even, or perhaps especially into the bits that we think are empty.
This piece of art is particularly poignant to me. It is a bare tree. To all intents and purpose there is no life in it – no leaves, no fruit, just bare sticks.
Yet even in that there is a beauty, when we can get to the place we can see it. And there is possibility. Even around the apparent barrenness of the tree the air flows.
Walking back through Chatsworth Gardens we saw this:
I assumed it was put together, intricately crafted to be like that, but when I went over to have a closer look, that was how it had grown. Such intricate beauty would have been hidden by the leaves, but now it was on show for all to see – and it is stunning.
There have been times in my life when it has felt barren, useless and without beauty – but God has still been there. God’s love and presence do not depend on our productivity, or how we feel about ourselves – He is just there – always – for us. However empty and useless we feel, God can still get in. He holds us and touches our lives.
To quote the prophet Habakkuk, chapter 3: