One of history’s greatest. World re-known. Genius.
Is that the whole story? From what I understand, Pastor van Gogh was deeply wounded in ministry. As an evangelist and pastor, he had big dreams for his life and ministry, but they were thwarted by decisions from leaders. Vincent became bitter and angry (two of the worst things in the human soul). From this bitterness and anger he never recovered. On the 29th of July, 1890, at the age of 37, he ended his own life.
There are only two paintings that I have deeply desired to see, “The Return of the Prodigal” by Rembrandt and “Irises” by van Gogh. I became interested in “Irises” while reading a piece about van Gogh’s struggle with hurt and woundedness in the ministry. At the height of his struggle and not long before he shot himself, he painted “Irises.”
How many people do you know who have been deeply wounded in ministry? I think I know hundreds.
Corrie ten Boom was also hurt and deeply wounded in ministry. Unwilling to become bitter and angry, Corrie asked God for a gift of forgiveness. She traveled the world sharing the news that God always gives the ability to do what He requires. God will give you the ability to forgive even the most hated, despised, and hurtful people.
Vincent’s art gallery is in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His collection is stunning.
Corrie? Her art gallery is in heaven.