Thinking Celestially: The Parable of the Two Artists

In a bustling town, two artists, each with unique perspectives, capture life on canvas. Through their contrasting artworks, they teach us the profound power of “thinking celestial,” emphasizing the significance of seeking the eternal amid daily challenges and the importance of elevating our thoughts to find hope, light, and divine patterns in our everyday existence.

Once in a bustling town, two renowned artists, Eliam and Jorah, lived side by side. Both were known for their impeccable skill in capturing nature’s beauty on canvas. Yet, their approaches to their craft differed vastly.

Eliam was engrossed in capturing the world as it was. He painted bustling market scenes, landscapes under gray skies, and stormy oceans with ships tossed about. His works were indeed a reflection of life’s hardships and realities. He often said, “I paint what I see, for the world is as it appears.”

Jorah, on the other hand, painted the world not just as it was, but as it could be. Sunlight streaming through the dark clouds, a rainbow adorning the aftermath of a storm, or a calm sea following the tempest. His paintings inspired hope and often carried a luminous quality. He would muse, “I paint not just what I see, but what I feel and believe. The world holds a deeper beauty, a celestial promise.”

One day, the town organized a grand exhibition, and both artists were invited to display their masterpieces. The townsfolk were deeply moved by Eliam’s portrayal of life’s stark realities. His canvases resonated with their daily struggles and resonated with their experiences.

But as they moved to Jorah’s paintings, a hush descended. Before them were scenes imbued with light, hope, and an ethereal quality. They depicted a world familiar, yet transcendent, as if each canvas whispered secrets of a higher realm.

At the end of the exhibition, a young woman approached Jorah, tears glistening in her eyes. “Your paintings,” she began, “reminded me of a talk by President Nelson. He spoke of the need to rise above and ‘think celestial.’ In every stroke of your brush, I felt an invitation to look beyond life’s trials and see the divine hand guiding us.”

Jorah smiled, “Just as the sun awaits behind the stormy clouds, celestial promises await those who elevate their thoughts and see beyond the momentary.”

Eliam, having overheard the conversation, approached Jorah later. “Your paintings today made me ponder,” he admitted. “Perhaps there’s more to our art than capturing the world’s transient moments. Maybe it’s about capturing the eternal light that lies beyond.”

Jorah nodded, “When we ‘think celestial,’ we align our vision with the eternal. We see beyond the immediate and recognize the divine patterns interwoven in our daily lives.”

The two artists, once distinct in their perspectives, found common ground. Eliam began to infuse his works with the same hope and light that Jorah’s paintings radiated. And the town, inspired by their art, learned a profound lesson. In every challenge, there lies an opportunity to elevate one’s thoughts, to “think celestial,” and to glimpse the divine tapestry unfolding in our lives.

Like the townsfolk, we too can choose our perspective. Do we remain mired in the momentary, or do we elevate our vision, “think celestial,” and align with the eternal? The choice, as always, is ours.

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