worlds prepared by the word of God

“By faith we understand that the worlds (ages/times) were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3

My paintings are a process of working and waiting on God to direct my heart, soul, mind, as well as my hand. The Word of God informs both my life and my art. “For in Him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are his children,’ ” –Paul is explaining the divine to the Athenians at the Areopagus in Acts 17. Life is sacramental in that we are created in the image of God to give him glory.

This painting is upside-down now, compared to my previous post The sky became water and the earth became sky. This seemed “right” for a painting about worlds (times/ages) suspended in eternity. Russets and reds became the horizontal interlude of time in the vastness of eternity, or as Michael O’Brien’s poem says, horizon, not a fixed line, is “a wave, the hiatus between matter and infinity.”  This ruddy band of  “worlds” contains the fullness of God’s glory. It was prepared for the Incarnation at “the consummation of ages.”

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The One Who Came On the Waters of Time      36 x 36 inches      oil on canvas

And as I read I Corinthians 15 this week, this painting reminded me of the end of the ages. God at his return — “Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to the God and Father…” v. 24.

These two smaller oil and cold wax paintings also hint at the things “which eye cannot see, nor the ear hear,” –sound waves and light waves speaking glory of God.

photo (87)                The Weight of Glory 12 x12 oil and wax on panel BOMER
Seek the Eternal in the Present…12″ x 12″                This Weight of Glory   12″ x 12″

Considering time and its beginning and ending, I read an interesting scientific article about the collapse of the universe as we know it. “If Higgs Boson Calculations Are Right, A Catastrophic ‘Bubble’ Could End Universe.”
“For a universe so old and so illustrious, the end may be boring and lightning quick: According to one Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory theoretician, if what we know about the Higgs Boson subatomic particle is true, the universe may come to an end when another universe slurps us up at light speed.
“If you use all the physics that we know now and you do what you think is a straightforward calculation, it’s bad news,’ Joseph Lykken said at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston on Monday. “It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable …”

The heavens will become old like a garment. Like a mantle they will be rolled up and be changed. Psalm 46 (the title of this painting) tells us the mountains will melt and fall into the sea.

2. Bomer Coram Deo Psalm 46 The God of Jacob Is Our Strength 36 x 36 oil on canvas 2012
Psalm 46            36 x 36 inched oil and mixed media on canvas

“Though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea… God raises his voice and the earth melts,”  there is a kingdom, a new heaven and new earth. It will not end. It is unshakable. Hebrews 12 speaks about this unshakable kingdom of God. “His voice shook the earth,” and He has promised that, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but the heaven.”

The God who spoke the world into being, whose voice commanded the light, when “darkness covered the face of the waters  and God said, ‘Let there be Light,’ ” (Genesis 1), will most certainly command a new heaven and a new earth for his creation which longs for redemption. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My word will not pass away,” (Matthew 25:35). This word of God which is eternal was in the beginning with God. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.

Light created by sound waves  sonoluminescence is a rather new discovery. But Job already understood that the wonders of this creation are only the “fringes of God’s ways.” The main event, “the thunder of His power,” was the sacrifice of His Son and the resulting redemption of a people for Himself,” (Job 26:5-14).  God in these last days has spoken to us in His Son–heir of all things, through whom He made the world. He is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of His nature and He upholds everything by the word of His power (Hebrews 1).

The creation of a new heavens and new earth is God’s intent after He has redeemed a people for Himself. Meanwhile, creation groans and longs anxiously for the redemption and the revealing of the sons of God. Creation too will be set free from its slavery to death into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first earth had passed away….”

The following painting (seen on my easel in the earlier post) is also part of my series One Who Came on the Waters of Time. I layered dark sea and turquoise sky over a golden under-painting. A figurative shape emerged in a second vessel descending from the sky.

One Who Came on the Waters of Time S  40 x 40 inches
One Who Came on the Waters of Time III    oil and cold wax on panel   40 x 40 inches

And in another painting, I  applied acrylics in the colors of water and sky. Instead of a vessel, a swallow shape emerged–perhaps the “lastavista” from Island of the World, a symbol of resurrection and hope. Turning it over “up-side-right,” it also suggested One who came on the waters of time. One who by his voiced sound waves created light and mass and everything that was made.

One Who Came on the aters of Time

The heavens are telling the glory of God
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Day to day pours forth speech
And night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.

Their sound (line) has gone out through all the earth,
and their utterances to the end of the world.

In them he has placed a tent for the sun…          Psalm 19

“As Kingfishers Catch Fire”            by Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells

Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s

Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;

Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:

Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;

Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells;

Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;

Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;

Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—

Christ—for Christ plays in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men’s faces.



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5 Responses to worlds prepared by the word of God

  1. Tim High says:

    Dear Grace,
    Enjoying seeing some of your new paintings. I believe you are moving upward in your incorporation of abstraction as a lens for viewing those things we see in scripture as tangible, yet allusive once the day gets underway.
    Tim High, Austin, TX

  2. Steve West says:

    Thank you, Carol, for the beautiful art and the thoughtful and lyrical meditation on their meaning and the coming of Christ with a new heavens and earth. Amen!

  3. grace bomer says:

    Reblogged this on grace carol bomer and commented:

    One Who Came on the Waters of Time II will be featured on the August issue of Asheville’s Rapid River magazine.

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