One of the things I learned early on in my study of photography/art is how tension in a photograph or painting can make the image more beautiful or interesting. I found this definition online for those that may not know what I’m talking about: Dynamic tension is a way of using the energy and movement available in various features of the frame to draw the eye out of the picture in contrasting directions.
Anyway, during my morning bible reading (and I use this fantastic App by Nicky Gumbel called Bible in One year), I came across this commentary by Nicky in reference to Luke 22:1-38.
“As we look at the parts played by each of the people in this drama, we see, once again, that the Bible teaches both predestination (that God has planned everything in advance) and free will. This is a mystery that the Scriptures hold in tension and we are rightly suspicious when any human system attempts to explain it away one way or the other….”
Love this. The tension. Mystery. Beauty.
One of the struggles in my faith has been with the ugly parts of life in this world. How God can let bad things happen to innocent people and still be painting a beautiful overall picture? That’s another topic for another time. In the meantime, I’ll share a little slice of the beauty in my life.