BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

A Suggestion of How Many Times to Knock Before You May Possibly Get an Answer
Tim Timmerman  Oil on wood/assemblage (including ceramic, cast glass, and found objects and wood)  2010 

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. So I say to you, “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches, finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Luke 11:5-10)

Timmerman draws our attention to Jesus’ picture of prayer as being an annoying neighbor in the night. It seems that a very integral part of our relationship with God is giving Him all of ourselves, including our frustration at not receiving an answer to our liking or His lack of apparent response to the expedience we hoped for.  While you wait before this piece, notice the variety of hidden things behind the screen: St. John, an owl, a couple, a dog, and even a donkey. This piece reminds us of Christ’s promise to those who persist in asking, seeking and knocking.