Photo taken by author’s son, Michael.
Amazing bronze sculptor by Nnamdi Okonkwo.
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996); Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet
Last Sunday we were preparing for my son’s return to Baltimore. Instead of him catching a train to New York City, my husband offered to drive Mike to New York instead so that he could catch his bus to return directly to Baltimore. Little did I realize that God had a wonderful treat in store for us! We were enjoying the many sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis. We couldn’t done better with any other tour guide. We rolled through side streets and main thoroughfares. Truly we enjoyed the scenery including catching a glimpse of Central Park and watching the natives and tourist feast on their outdoor activities on a warm summer’s afternoon.
Before long we were in neighborhoods imaging which brownstone we’d occupy, where we’d shop and play. Broadway (On and Off), China Town, Manhattan, Harlem, the Garment District, The Met, and Wall Street were on the itinerary. I was giddy with joy, when my husband said, “Linda look over there!” Brother Nnamdi Okonkwo’s work was right there, in “my face!” Yes, it was in broad day light! I ran across the street as though I were greeting beloved friends. What came to mind were these are kindred spirits. Little did I realize until again visiting the artist’s website that just what he calls them! How about that! Kindred Spirits! And my being able to connect with the artist’s work! These figures are robust, as large as life! They are ample, alive, beautiful! All I could do was smile and request like a little girl, “Come on Mike take my picture!” I wanted to be apart of this divine work and have a photographic moment to relish.
The irony about the sculptures was, not that long ago I stumbled upon the artist website and marveled at his work never imagining that I would see, visit and experience up close Nnamdi Okonkwo’s powerful work on a Sunday afternoon, An afternoon spent in NYC taking our son to the bus station. As Craig would say, “Who knew?” This was surely another simple abundance moment that God had orchestrated. I can’t help but celebrate! God is great!
If you haven’t made it to New York City just yet, in the meantime be sure to appreciate this amazing sculptor at: http://www.nnamdiart.com/sculpture_monumental.html your heart and spirit will be glad you did.
Shared in Love, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007)