God’s Designs

Guggenheim Museum50 years ago today the Guggenheim Museum opened to the public in New York City.

The shape that many thought wierd in 1959 has become iconic now–a symbol of artistic excellence, and occasionally daring. It may not be the best of Frank Lloyd Wright–I leave that judgment to others more qualified–but it surely is his best known design.

I like to think that this is the way God might design an art museum, except that God would be a little wilder. The Guggenheim is a swirl of sorts, but God’s patterns–in my life, at least– usually seem to have some meandering, too. The swirls don’t go evenly.

I often know I am on the right path when things don’t go too smoothly. I mostly have given up having “my ducks in a row.”

Problems, mistakes, even crises, are occasions for grace, and growth, and trusting God. How would I grow in spiritual health and strength if everything went smoothly?

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “God’s Designs”

  1. The Guggenheim’s unique swirling design is beautiful and makes it my all-time favorite museum. I absolutely love it. I’d never considered relating that to the swirling eddy in which my life sometimes gets caught. But I’ve always known that God is the Master Designer, and creativity is sometimes messy and chaotic. Beauty isn’t always the point. But reflecting on God’s design – like reflecting on the artistry quietly displayed in a space like the Guggenheim – is always a moving experience and an opportunity to grow in unexpected directions.

    Thanks for reminding me of that in this post.

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