Form Follows Function

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“Our choicest plans have fallen through, our airiest castles tumbled over, because of lines we neatly drew and later neatly stumbled over.”  Piet Hein, poet and scientist

Our daughter has followed the path of her God-formed interior design into a career in interior design.  “Form follows function”, Amanda says, “always.”…“The way a space looks is not as important as how the space functions.”  Her words throw light; I am intrigued, HGTV-binger me.

Form follows function… yet, how often do I do just the opposite—elevating outward form at the cost of diminishing function?

Form-chasing.  Neatly drawn lines that look good but later cause me to stumble for lack of the more important heart-function?

Could it be that my function in life is what is most important—not the form it takes?  Form follows function… if true, wouldn’t the God-created interior design of heart-function be what matters most—to Him?

In a moment of clarity, mind-eye opens … forms are designed to change; we are movable designs, fluid, ever-changing with the ever-changing seasons of life.  Function remains constant, foremost; the unique heart-function design within each of us—a design first rendered in the heart of the Master Designer Himself.

We begin living the words, form follows function… elevating our inward heart-function above outward form; the becoming, more important than the doing.  And life’s airiest castles tumble; the lines we neatly drew now gone.  And we find ourselves living, moving and breathing the words, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”.

 

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Lois Stephens

Wilderness writer inspired by the wanderings of a Spirit-led heart.

6 thoughts on “Form Follows Function”

  1. So beautifully explained and written! It reminded me of my favorite method of drawing. I like to draw the depth and shadows, then use an eraser to bring the details of the form to light. The definable picture isnt seen until you use the eraser to let the white or light of the paper come through. You have to be willing to let go of the space of the picture itself, in order to allow the erasing to actually form the whole picture. The importance of the function of this type of artistry, is to be able to let go of preconceived ideas and just trust, as you erase away darkness to allow the defining light to create the picture or scene. There is freedom in knowing that form will follow the function itself. Not sure if this meshes, but wanted to share it just in case it does♡

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  2. Beautifully written and expressed, truly the function comes first. The form may not take shape or be known for a while, but trusting the Master Designer will make things known in His appointed time. Meanwhile, allowing the function to flow in obedience, may influence the outcome of the form. Just saying…

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