The banner image is just a thumbnail from some work posted on Josh Hailes' blog. He posted three images he put together in Photoshop over the last couple of months as high resolution wallpapers - worth a download! While the images in themselves are very impressive it is the simple addition of the lyrics that got me thinking.
The caption 'You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name' is a snippet from Laura Story's song 'Indescribable' * which is all about God being revealed through creation (Psalm 19:1). I really love how the image that Josh has produced captures the element of creation in the stars, revealing something of the mystery of God. Josh writes:
"...I was just amaaazed at the universe and how big and complex it is, and how insignificant I am in comparison! This was the result..." - 3 New Lyrical Wallpapers - Josh Hailes
This picture begins to visualise just some of that song to me, and it prompted me go through some of the lyrics that I really like for one reason or another and think what kind of picture I would attach to them... I love it when lyrics jump out of songs at you, sometimes it is an entire song or just a chorus or verse, maybe even a line or two that really catches you off guard. One of those lines hit me yesterday as I was working:
"The only thing worth holding onto is holding onto me." - Tonight - Jeremy Camp
I'm still in the process of settling into Oxford, if I'm honest I'm finding it difficult; it is very different from going to university where everyone else is in the same boat - everyone else is new. Starting out in a new city is harder, everyone else has been here for a while, they are in the routine of their Oxford life, while I am still trying to find mine. This line caught me and nudged me to remember that even in the tough times like moving to a new city that God is holding onto me, that as everything changes in my life God is constant and that He's not going anywhere.
I'm still trying to work out what image I would use to visualise this line, the closest I have got to is of two people clasping each other's wrists with the words interwoven around their arms. I'll try and recreate it in Pixelmator at some point
I'll leave you with these questions: What song, or lyrics in a song, really jump out at you when you listen to it, what is the story behind it for you? And what image do you associate with the words?
* Chris Tomlin could cover 'Mary had a Little Lamb' and everyone would think he wrote it.