An artist that paints abstract art has their own interpretation of the subject. That is the beauty of it. The way he paints it is open to interpretation. It can move different viewers in different ways and have different meanings.
I feel like God is a creative artist as well. He speaks to us in different ways. Sometimes our paths are not laid out plainly and directly (like a burning bush), but many times our direction is open, full of choices.
Jesus was preparing to die and go to Heaven. He didn't outright lay out the plan and say this to his disciples. He was a bit more elusive with his words.
v1-4 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus wasn't speaking of a mansion somewhere with map quest instructions on how to arrive there because He was not speaking of a tangible place. He is speaking of a place that transcends our imagination. That is the essence of faith! Belief that there is such a place and there is a way to get there.
The disciple Thomas (known as a doubter) wanted more clarification.
v5 “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Don't we all seek more clarification in life towards our ultimate purpose and being? At the same time we all like creative liberties. When we get a job, we like to know the general duties, but we like the confidence in a boss that let's us do the job without micromanaging our every move. If you've been in a job like that, you know how miserable it is. Laura often talks about our God being a gentleman who doesn't impose himself upon us. We all like that kind of boss, but that kind of boss still expects a job to be done.
v6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
I think we serve a creative God- and abstract God who leaves His works and plans open to interpretation. I think He likes us to try and figure things out through Him and how we interpret Him through His word. We are also the artists to paint our own pictures. Even though He may be hard to see at times, we can't leave Him out of our pictures.