A Gallery of God’s Feet

Pretend that you have ample financial resources and want to commission a portrait of God’s feet…only His feet in the setting, no other body part.

(Alternatively, commission a child you know who can draw un-self-consciously. Picture ends up on the fridge, kind of thing.) 

 

  1. Prepare to choose one of the following verses from which to model the picture. 

 Exodus 24:9-10 (NLT)

Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself.

Psalm 18:9 (NLT)

He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.

Nahum 1:3 (NKJV)

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Revelation 1:13, 15 (NIV1984)

And among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.

 

2. Pause at each verse to get a glimpse of God’s presence. Pay particular attention to His feet in the different scenes. 

3. Get ready to take consultation notes on:

  •  Setting
  •  Actions
  •  Parts that are difficult to imagine or depict

 4. Read the verses again, noting details from each verse.  For example, Psalm 18:

  • Setting – heavens open, dark storm clouds
  • Actions – descending from above but feet remaining on the clouds
  • Parts that are difficult to imagine or depict – is the opening in heaven a door? 

5.  Visualize each verse. What does each one tell you about His feet? 

6.  Ask the Holy Spirit to put you in each verse and potential picture.  Which one draws you closer to God’s feet?

7.  Then, step outside that picture and imagine looking at the picture with Jesus.  What is He saying to you?

 

Which verse did you choose? 

                   Using your notes, let the great commission begin…

 

© 2013 by Teresa Sandhu. All rights reserved

Adapted from:

Sandhu, T.J. (2013). Walking with God: Praying through footwork metaphors in scripture. Unpublished manuscript.

 

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Having an Eye for Feet

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1)  Drawing human feet is difficult.  Their complex anatomy and rarely ceasing movement make them difficult to capture on paper.  Even if there are only two of them. 

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1)  So what if the creature is four footed? Drawing animal feet must be twice the challenge.  Not for some, it would seem…

Paleolithic people living more than 10,000 years ago had a better artistic eye than modern painters and sculptures — at least when it came to watching how horses and other four-legged animals move.

A new analysis of 1,000 pieces of prehistoric and modern artwork finds that “cavemen,” or people living during the upper Paleolithic period between 10,000 and 50,000 years ago, were more accurate in their depictions of four-legged animals walking than artists are today. While modern artists portray these animals walking incorrectly 57.9 percent of the time, prehistoric cave painters only made mistakes 46.2 percent of the time. (Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Senior Writer, NBC News)

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50093113/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/cavemen-trump-modern-artists-drawing-animals/