We’re exploring the images of God in images. We’ll reflect on the metaphors God’s given us to understand who he is.
Imagine a story from Scripture. Let’s say, the story of Jesus’s conversation with the woman at the well. It’s undoubtedly already familiar to you. Jesus and his followers travel through Samaria. Jesus rests at a well outside of town while his disciples go into the town to purchase supplies.
Each of us has an image of God or set of images that consistently resonate within us. One of my favorite images is that of a father, quieting his child. The image fills me with peace and rest – the kind that comes from confidence that I am safe in my Father’s arms.
For me, this is a beautiful and encouraging image of God and one that I find myself returning to often. It’s not, however, the only way I see God.
God has revealed Himself to us through a rich and varied collection of images; He is the bread of life, the lion of Judah, the good Shepherd, a loving Father and more. No single image or metaphor captures the totality of God’s nature and His relationship with us.