Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Connecting the Dots

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Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter in the twentieth century. I observed his works firsthand at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. As I gazed at one of his paintings, The Hallucinogenic Toreador (can't show due to copyright laws, 13'X9' Full Pic. Dalmation), an artist friend of mine began to point out and explain various stories hidden within the large 13’X9’ painting. Dali purposely placed within his paintings components that only the curious observer would find, stories within a story.
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Near the bottom of The Hallucinogenic Toreador is an area that, at first glance, looks like nothing more than black and white dots. In time, and with the assistance of my friend, I began to see there was much more than what first greets the eye. The white and black dots are actually a Dalmatian dog with its nose to the ground, tail in the air, walking towards a large maple tree during autumn. Once my mind connected the dots, I realized there was a story inside of what originally appeared to be nothing more than dots. Now that I have seen the dots for what they are, I will always vividly see a dog, leaves, and a tree.
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The dog, leaves, and tree were always there; it just took effort and some help to see the truth that already was. Noticing the design created by the designer did not make me smarter or a better person and I certainly cannot brag just because I recognized truth. I did not change the picture nor did I alter its design; I merely acknowledged its existence.

Life, in one sense, is a series of dots; some are dark and scary while others are light and inviting. For many years I only saw black and white dots. The more I study and know God, the more He connects the dots and a large picture is beginning to emerge. I am beginning to see the stories within His story, the story that is Christ’s love for an underserving soul that is me. I cannot see the whole picture yet. But because I have accepted the gift of salvation, I know the Father is creating a work admired for all eternity.
Photo by Robert Hruzek



  1. Great word! "Noticing the design by the designer didn't make me smarter or a better person." That is one of the most powerful statements I think I've ever read and I believe it speaks into our culture perfectly. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Ron for your comments! Recently I was presenting this material and realized how arrogant we sound by declaring we alone have truth. While truth is truth, I am not better, smarter, nor can I brag as I had nothing to do with said truth, I simply see it for what it is. I pray this blog helps others want to look at the "dots" and recognize the Creator. In Christ, Walp

  2. You make a very important point that I emphasize in the Basics For Believers Life Group. Our acceptance or rejection of truth has no bearing on its truthfulness. Truth is not conditional. We can fight truth, or surrender to it, but we can't change it. It can, however, significantly change us.

    Well written brother!