van goh starry night gif

I found this interesting gif of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

It made me think about how each of us view the world. As you can see in the gif, a depressed looking static Van Gogh sits idly as he looks at his painting, The Starry Night, which moves. This gif has brought the painting to life in a way I’ve never thought about. I’ve always liked The Starry Night and it’s one of my favorite paintings, but I’ve never looked at it this way. The stars flickering, the wind blowing, the trees shifting. How was Van Gogh viewing the world when he painting this masterpiece? What were his emotions?

When I look at The Starry Night, I see a calm and relaxing scene. Romantic. Dreamy. But that is look at it from afar. If we were able to zoom into the scene, the closer we got to the city, what would we find? Would it be just as peaceful and beautiful? Or would we find the typical city scene of sadness, rudeness, commotion, and busy lives that causes all of us to stop and ponder more important things.

The world is a beautiful place. But to me, it is also a sad place and only getting worse. Even in “peaceful” cities or countries, the attitude of the people (rudeness, jealousy, debauchery, etc.) is just as ugly as any war.

I’m a dreamer. I’m a romantic. Sometimes the best way to block the ugliness of the world or even the daily stress of life (working daily just to survive), is to get lost in your thoughts. I imagine that it was Van Gogh did when he painted The Starry Night. He was dreaming of a better place that brought him some peace.

A peace we all need. Peace is found in Christ. But sometimes we need to get lost in the ideal just to keep our sanity in the busy and chaotic world.

What do you think?