Art,  Christianity,  Culture,  Faith,  Paul Backholer

Can God speak through sand?

Jesus said, “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand”

– Matthew 7:26

The Bible compares our lives to grains of sand; a temporary reprieve from the call to eternity (Job 29:18). What will you achieve with your brief life for Christ? Slava Borecki, a Ukrainian artist, has moulded 150 tonnes of sand into a sculpture with an eternal message of peace.

Where do wars and fights come from among you? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war (James 4:1-2).

Christ is at the centre and the King of kings is suffering between the Russian army, forced to fight an unjust war and the innocent. Christ uses His authority as the Prince of Peace to bend the tank turret and defend a weeping child; this is the power of intercession to end the war. The command, “Thou shalt not kill,” is inscribed over the map of Ukraine and a dove, representing the peace of the Holy Spirit, is in flight. A tank is crushing a child’s teddy bear and Christ is wearing the helmet of salvation: ‘And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God’ (Ephesians 6:17).

It took Slava Borecki ten days to create his plea for peace out of the sand, warning that there will be no winner in this war. This sand sculpture can be seen at SandWorld, Weymouth, UK. May the Lord be with all those who suffer in war and may peace return soon. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You

– Psalm 139:17-18

By Paul Backholer. Find out about Paul’s books here.