Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite French Impressionist, a fellow follower/seeker of Christ, and someone who battled within his soul daily for clarity, truth, and a sense of purpose and worth. His works are what draw me in, drawing me into the midst of a pastoral scene, like the the field of poppies above.
As a man who sought to understand the world around him, but struggled with the world within him; he would have periods of sanity and periods of turmoil, leading to his being hospitalized. In studying his work, I can sense the desire for his soul to be freed. The wind blowing through the cypress trees, across the fields, out over the sea.
It’s a sensation we all feel at the deepest level.
A desire to be loosed from the shackles that hold us to our past mistakes, our regrets and sorrows. The losses of friends or loved ones, a broken marriage, a wayward child, all these things pull at our hearts and minds, leading some of us to beg with God to have a do-over.
There is nothing we can do to fully correct these experiences. No phone call, letter, text, email, etc, will ever truly wipe away that feeling of failure.
Only by the power of Christ can we be free. No longer lost, no longer without hope, no longer without love. All we must do is cry out to Him. Admit the truth, that we are all lost, broken, and desperately in need of a Savior. It isn’t something we have to accomplish at a certain place, with impressive people.
It can be in a canvas tent in the middle of the wilderness, in a city highrise, or in a field of poppies. I just need myself and Jesus. I know that it is because of Christ that I will spend all of eternity with Him. Not my accomplishments as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend. Knowing I cannot break the chains that bind me. But Jesus can, He always will.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death, (Romans 8:1-2 NIV).
It is all about Jesus.
Nothing else will do.