The smaller globe represents the student entering the university - the larger one is the whole new world of opportunity available to those availing themselves of the educational process. The connecting lighted swooshes represent the role of the college in helping one to get from their world to a better one. The fiber optic lights continue around the new world - once illuminated, let your light shine wherever in the world God opens a sphere of influence for you. Don’t hide your light under a basket:  Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. Matthew 5:15

The paths of the swooshes differ. For some it is a steady uphill grade - for others it goes down a ways before ascending (such as my freshman year at Oregon State).  The narrow point of convergence of the swooshes represents the critical point of an endeavor where you either turn back or grit your teeth and push through. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening - it’s painful!  But afterwards there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11.                                              

Another aspect of this for me was what happened to me February 23, 1976.  I had been confronted with the claims of Christ on my life and I knew it was time to decide - am I going to continue with my world view with me at the center of it, or will I agree with my heavenly Designer that Jesus is the pivotal figure in all of history and life. I had a vague belief in Him but hadn’t received him. As Lee Strobel put it, believing plus receiving = becoming.  Like a bulletproof vest, I needed to embrace and let Him cover me. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 


Commissioned Installation

96" H x 300" L

OSU/COCC Building
Prineville, Oregon

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