Embracing Obscurity?

ImageIf I were to ask people to look at the above picture and ask what they see, most would say:  a painting, the evening sky, tree roots, evergreens, rocks, a hill…

Would anyone notice what’s actually holding up the painting…an easel?

We’ve heard of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci or Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  Masterpieces!  But do we ever recognize the easels on which they were painted?  Is there a museum of famous easels?  Has there ever been an easel display at Musée d’Orsay?

Just a few simple pieces of wood and metal screws.  Nothing fancy.
Standing for hours and days…holding up the more important, more notable canvas.  It gets dirty, paint splatters, then folded up and stored in the corner.

Time for the exhibit.  Call into service again.
Hold up the canvas again for everyone to notice. Come and marvel at the work of art.

They’re in awe.  They stare contemplatively.  They applaud and compliment.
The artist receive the laurels.
The canvas receives the attention.

But no one is astonished by…the easel.
Out of the spotlight…just simply accomplishing its humble purpose.

Only existing to do one thing… to display the masterpiece of the Creator.


is derived from the Dutch ezel or the German schildersezel (meaning painter’s donkey); from the Latin asinus (ass).


#dontaimtobeseen  #letGoddothepromoting  #deflectattentiontoGod


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