The One Picture Every Home Should Have
I can remember walking the fields at Round Top a while back, on the hunt for another piece of artwork to add to my collection. My girlfriend and I were talking about how she is “a good Catholic” and doesn’t even have the last supper hanging in her house…every Catholic has one of those right? We were joking, but it was funny that when she stopped to think of it she didn’t have a single picture of Jesus in her home. I on the other hand, may have swung the pendulum a little far in the fact that I have a Jesus wall.
My Jesus wall is a favorite spot of mine, I hunt for different scenes on different “canvases” to make up a spectacular gallery wall. It was like most collections, started with just one and slowly grew. I don’t add as many now because I have so many of the common stories already, but I always keep my eyes peeled for a new addition when out hunting. There are some pictures I love more than others, I am partial to the ones with a young Jesus, a calendar I might have passed up but it was from the year I was born and a bendy Jesus that is silly but makes me smile.
Neither the lack of or the overabundance of Jesus pictures in my girlfriend’s or my house reflects the presence of him in our hearts, but it did get me to thinking. Everyone should have at least one picture of Jesus in their home. At least everyone that loves him and desires to follow him. Believe me, I understand that a picture is a grand guess at His real appearance and a mere substitute, but it helps me in my faith walk. Decisions can be hard to make, doing right is not always fun and showing grace when you want to spit nails is really a doozy. It can seem easier to call a friend and lament your woes than it is to get on your knees. Talking out your troubles with a friend over coffee sometimes feels better than throwing up prayers to one you can’t physically see.
A few years ago I had a tough decision to make, I wanted to be right, I wanted to be unwavering, I wanted to show no grace. In the midst of me pacing the house and fuming I walked down the hall to my laundry room where my Jesus wall waits. Trust me, I was NOT going to Jesus, I was headed to do laundry. One picture in particular reached out and grabbed me. As I had the opportunity to look my creator in the eyes so to speak my anger and frustration melted. I knew in that moment the event I was so sore over was nothing in the light of the Lord. When I stopped to sit literally in his presence, eyes starring at me, I couldn’t be mad, I couldn’t be right, I could see the trivialness in my stance. This was the picture that did it for me, yours may be a different one…
Ever since then those eyes pop into my head sometimes when my heart steers towards myself, all of a sudden my attitude becomes right and my vision becomes clear. I wish I could say it happens all the time, but it doesn’t. When it does, the vision helps me weigh the gravity of a situation in the light of eternity versus the light of the present and friend, that’s a game changer. I have gone back multiple times to this picture and talked things out. Sometimes out loud if I’m home alone. 🙂 For a visual person like myself it really makes a difference to put a piercing face with the name so to speak. There is rest and calm in his eyes that is no where else to be found. If you are visual like me, can I please suggest you go hunting for a picture of Jesus that speaks to you? It’s possibly the most important picture you can have in your home. I’m so hopeful this little tip I found out by way of the ugliness in my heart will help you find peace in the future! There are just some things we need to let go.
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