1,218 spools. Approximately 122.6 miles of white thread - 1/4 inch of the thread being red. A young man is looking through the lens of his late grandpa’s glasses at this relatively minuscule colored tip. Why? The young man recognized that at the end of his life, the grandpa was staring deep into the face of eternity which caused him to see this life for what it really is: a vapor. A tiny red blotch on a seemingly endless amount of white thread. His grandpa’s eternal perspective moved the young man in such a way that it caused him to heed the words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 (= 1,218 spools). This king who had the resources to experience all things in what he deemed as a short vapor of a life, encouraged those who are young to remember their creator in the days of their youth. That’s exactly what this young man was striving to do while creating this massive work of art.
The primary focus of this piece is to address the brevity of our life here on earth verses the infinite nature of the eternal realm. To cause one to remember their Creator in the days of their youth. But what does it mean to “remember your Creator in the days of your youth?” As it pertains to Ephesians 6:10-20, I see it as a call to arms, especially to young people before the “evil days” come. If there truly is a battle going on against the “spiritual forces of evil” in the “heavenly places,” then this piece should create a sense of urgency to put on the full armor of God and join that battle!
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