Lessons from a naked statue…

Last year, we drove out to Crosby Beach to see the Antony Gormley exhibition, ‘Another Place’.

If you haven’t seen it;  it’s basically 100 solid iron dude statues, dotted along the beach, all staring out to Sea, to ‘Another place’.

The sculptor himself said;  “The seaside is a good place to do this….these artforms are no heroes, no ideals, just the industrially reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe….”

Weird, haunting, beautiful….’other’.

I was thinking about it this morning.    I remember that day specifically, because I was facing some unique pressures and had a lot of stuff in my head.

Being at the Sea has always helped me clear my thoughts, and so that blustery day, I stood next to one of the statues and faced what ‘he’ faced;  huge expanse of water, wind, sand, seagulls, stillness.   If a statue could think, what were his thoughts?

My thoughts were a jumble of lots of different things;

…awe at the waves

…smallness in the face of a powerful wind

…amazement at how life and nature keeps moving forward, even when our lives are stuck or seemingly in freefall.

Through it all,  the universe and the creative mind behind it, remains constant;  the tide still comes in;  the tide still goes out.

And if the Creator cares enough to make the tide come in and go out, to make the rain fall and the Sun to rise and the moon to set…..

…then, logically (to me at least!), He has to care about me too.

That’s what Matthew 6:28-30 says too.

Worry, fear, stress and anxiety are all part of life sometimes, but Jesus always points us back to a bigger, better way.

He says, ‘Why are you SO stressed out? If God cares enough to dress the flowers in all their INCREDIBLE colours, or make sure the birds get fed every day….then what makes you think He won’t look after you too?’

Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the ‘stuff’ life chucks at me – but it does mean there is a higher power, still in control at the (crazy) wheel of life.

That thought alone, was enough to clear my head just a little, and give me hope for the next part of the journey.

Crosby Beach

Picture 1 @ freefoto.com

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