My wife and I recently spent a day at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth. In the permanent collection is what may well be Michelangelo’s earliest painting, “The Torment of St. Anthony” — a vivid portrayal of St. Anthony’s struggle with temptation in the desert. It got me thinking…
They are cluttered with the kind of distractions that they sell in tourist traps — pot metal and plastic, cheap construction, loud colors — here today, gone tomorrow, about to be replaced by more of the same.
And when our inner lives are not made small by the countless distractions that clutter them, then our inner lives are often crowded with fears — large and small, biting at our necks, pulling at our sleeves — like St. Anthony’s tormentors in Michelangelo’s painting.
What a shame — because God’s gentle, quiet, open invitation is to listen and respond. What are the deepest needs of your soul? What do you need to hear? What kind of clutter keeps you from hearing it?