Ibiyinka Alao

Can You See It?

Ca. 1997
32.5" x 27.5"
Tempera

"It is well for gentlemen and fishermen to talk of the age of miracles; but remember the foolish brutes that they carry on their boats — men nursed in material possessions, entirely ignorant, made to take pride in deeds of blood — men who can have no amusement but in drunkenness, debauch, and plunder. Men without faith and foresight. No wonder they cannot see the hand of divine providence guiding those with spiritual eyes to succeed."

"Can You See It?" illustrates Divine Providence in a life of faith. This hand guides the fisherman to cast his net on the fishy side of the river so that he can catch abundantly. Every time something good happens to us in life, it is not a question of luck. Rather it is the hand of Divine Providence. It is always up in heaven, ready and willing to help us — but we must first submit ourselves in order to receive this grace. Not everyone can see this hand, but only the man who has faith and love, as shown by the fisherman's bright face. The man in the boat with him cannot see this hand, but other bright hearts do. We can all see it if we open our spiritual eyes. Can you see it?

John 21:3-9 --- I'm going out to fish, Simon Peter told them, and they said, We'll go with you. So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, Friends, haven't you any fish? No, they answered. He said, Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, It is the Lord, he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

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