My need for God

drop that metal, for your own sake!, 11"x14", ink and acrylic on Strathmore Drawing 400-series, 80-lb paper

drop that metal, for your own sake!, 11"x14", ink and acrylic on Strathmore Drawing 400-series, 80-lb paper

With all the news of murder that’s happening around us, it is disheartening to know that life seems that fleeting after all. One moment you are full of hopes and dreams and the next instant you’re gone– either as a result of someone else’s undoing, or worse, your own! Here in the U.S. (and probably elsewhere, too), one reads or watches the news and all that can be had is one bad economic news after another. Now, really, that is not at all that depressing, as economy is subject to the usual vicissitudes of market speculation. But to hear of news about a parent killing his/her own family (and then committing suicide) for any reason whatsoever, or someone going amuck because of personal grievances, is downright discouraging! I’m beginning to think that the line separating reason and insanity is but a thin one. Indeed, the hardest challenge one can ever face is his/her personal battle against his/her own demons– be they anxieties, jealousy, pride, lust, impatience, irascibility, etc. The effect of one’s own irresponsible action becomes a double-edged sword that causes harm to both that person and the others around him/her. It is mind-boggling to learn of seemingly normal people snapping out of their minds and doing inconceivable crimes! A bad time can really bring out the worst in anyone! And when really bad things really happen, I sometimes hear other people asking if there is ever really a God. But the more important question might well have been, “Did that person (who committed the wrongdoing) believe in God?” For one’s faith in a Divine power can surely put a righteous sense in one’s reasoning! I’m not arguing the fact that even non-believers are capable of good deeds. Because, certainly, they are also kindhearted individuals and some are even outstanding members in their respective communities! Moreover, I do not intend to be judgmental (even if I appear I do) for the simple reason that I have not walked in their shoes and therefore have no revealing idea how they came about their own beliefs. I’m just baffled by the thought of how they even manage to stay on the right track in times of great personal crisis! Perhaps, the answer lies in the abundance of God’s love. This proves that God sees through the clear conscience in our hearts and probes into the real motives in our intentions. Truly, God values more our character than our reputation. And all that is genuinely good is God’s! In fact, I believe He already knows who are His own– irrespective even of human understanding or how one perceives himself/herself to be. On the other hand, one who doesn’t believe in a Divine Being does not necessarily mean that he/she hates God. It just shows his/her indifference toward a greater power over the liberal views and capabilities of his/her mind– that which cannot be seen and proven scientifically is non-existent. Nevertheless, speaking just for myself, when I am faced with a very, very dispiriting challenge, I always call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for His help. Not that He has granted all that I’ve ever asked of Him. But He has answered my prayers on the most troubling periods of my life! And recalling those lowest moments, I realized He didn’t leave me at all anyhow! I am still alive and I believe in God!

hell ain't cool!

hell ain't cool!, 12"x9", ink and acrylic on Bienfang 70-lb white paper


4 Responses

  1. Have a meaningful observation of Lent. Take care!

    • Thanks a lot, wits!
      You, as well; I’m wishing you a meaningful Holy Week and a most joyful, Happy Easter!
      Take care and GOD Bless you always, wits!!!

  2. Indeed a very timely reflection …since it’s lenten season..we should not only reflect about Jesus love for humanity and the essence of the cross but likewise reflect on Judas Iscariot .Perhaps, if some people commit wrongdoings ,it is because they do not understand their purpose in life….whether one is a believer or not .God bless our souls master artist !

    • Hi, 5378!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this Lenten season! Yes, it’s true that Judas Iscariot played a big role in the fulfillment of Christ’s glorious mission on earth. But it’s an accursed deed and should serve as a warning to everyone that his betrayal is a capital sin drenched in blood! It cannot go unpunished!
      Thanks a lot, 5378, for dropping by! Take care and GOD Bless you always!!!

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