Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16 ESV)
Before we get to today’s prompt, let me say a little bit about quotes and context. I love quotes. They inspire me. They give me an anchor for my thoughts. They are usually taken out of context, which I can live with because when using a quote I’m not necessarily trying to comprehend the whole text.
There is wisdom in the small turn of a phrase, as well as a whole chapter or book. When I use a quote on the blog or in my journal, I’m using it as a point of reference or a as springboard to dive into contemplation.
With a complete text, we are often warned to make sure we keep it in context. And I agree that neglecting context can lead us to a limited view, or even misunderstanding.
For the purposes of this series, I am not as concerned about the whole picture. Yet sometimes, we have a favorite quote or Scripture that we rehearse to comfort ourselves and we miss something, if we don’t read a little further. When we read a little further, we become aware of a whole different perspective.
For instance, if we read the complete thought of the Jeremiah 6:16 quote, we find this sentence at the conclusion of the beautiful invitation: But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Reading past the initial quote can take us down a totally different route. And lead us deeper into the inspiration of the initial thought.
In our practice of exploring thoughts and perspective through keeping a journal or making art, I am not asking that we delve into every context, but just be aware of it.
Use these quotes for your own reflection. See where they lead you.
Prompt for TODAY: I am aware of . . .
As we continue to think about perspective, I thought you might enjoy a video about how to use one point perspective in drawing. I find studying related topics, often opens up a perspective that I was unaware of.