April 20, 2019
Read Acts 10:9-11
There is tremendous power in images. The Eastern Orthodox recognize this and promote the use of Christian Icons in their worship of Christ. Many a saint, known and unknown, have come to Christ through the ministry of iconography. But God’s invitation to repentance is not limited to iconographic art. The gift of repentance can come through much more common images. Norma McCorvey, who was known as “Roe” in the court case Roe vs. Wade, had just such an experience. She said,
I was sitting in O.R.’s (Operation Rescue) offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. ‘Norma’, I said to myself, ‘They’re right’…something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that’s a baby! It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth—that’s a baby! I felt crushed under the truth of this realization…Abortion—at any point—was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.
Norma McCorvey was granted the gift of repentance through the power of an image.
There are images all around us: in Church, yes, but also in nature, art, even children’s doodlings. But are we actively seeking Him? Are we looking for Christ in the everyday images of our lives? Are there images God has given to you—signs—that you are ignoring?
God is calling us to relationship, repentance, and newness of life. He is sending us images to alert us to His Truth.