A recent study in art class on movement turned up this sketch:
What makes this picture communicate movement? It’s that taken as a snapshot, she couldn’t hold that pose for more than a moment without falling. There’s momentum implied simply in the pose that’s been drawn.
Thinking a bit more about this, it’s no surprise, then that we feel unstable in our daily lives. We can’t stop, or we’d fall. We must keep going, keep moving, keep putting one foot ahead of the other. We’re committed, and the safest way forward is to accept it and flow with the momentum we’re caught up in, and to not fear the falling. Have you ever attempted descending a large slope and thought – there’s two ways down here, either slowly and painfully on my rear end, or to throw myself down, hoping that each foothold will safely spring me forward. The latter is more risky, but more exhilarating…
This reminds me of a verse in Acts:
25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:26-28