Thursday, December 11, 2008

Velvet Steel

Because I am frequently asked about my avatar, pictured left, I thought it might be good to blog about.  When asked why I don’t post a picture of myself for my profile, the short answer is:  

I’m not keen on posting my mug on the internet.

The long answer is:

I’ve been using this symbol of the sword and soft cloth, this artwork by Alan Ayers, for about 5 years now on various internet places as it well represents what I’m about or rather, what I’m striving toward.  

Much earlier than this, I was sitting in a small rural Baptist Church one Sunday morning when the pastor gave a moving sermon in which he used a striking metaphor.  He likened our spiritual growth in Christ as “velvet-steel” and this created a vivid mental image for me, one in which the reality of theosis or some might say, sanctification, is clear.

Velvet-Steel simply means to have the words of God inscribed upon my heart so firmly as to be unwavering, unyielding as steel.  And yet, to be enfolded in gentleness, kindness, peace, love and humility so that those I meet may be inclined to know the sword, the Truth.


8 comments:

exegete77 said...

Howdy, Amy. I have always liked your avatar. Didn't know the reasoning behind the term "velvet-steel" even when we were posting on Sparrow's Hearth. Excellent description. Now I may have to use the same avatar and description. LOL

BTW, any photo of you would be delightful, but I too shy away from posting a photo of myself.

Rich

amy said...

LOL - you are welcome to share, Rich!

Anna Lefler said...

Hi, Amy -

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm really enjoying reading your posts and your avatar is beautiful...

Merry Christmas and take care...

:^) Anna

DebD said...

I love the metaphor and am glad you shared it with us. I'm also glad to see a larger picture of the avatar because I thought it was a needle and thread. ! LOL

amy said...

LOL, Deb!

Barbara Martin said...

Thanks for the explanation on your avatar. The internet is not in your neighbourhood where you know on sight who these strangers are. One does not desire to entice negativity into their lives. It is better to safe.

exegete77 said...

Anna, nice disguise!! LOL

Rich

E.B. said...

Glad for that explanation. Cool!

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