“Writings on the wall” – this phrase probably originated from the Biblical times as recorded in the book of Daniel when the Babylonian King saw the hand of a man wrote on the plaster of the wall of the palace. This incident greatly troubled the king and prompted him to seek for wise men in the land to interpret writings. No one in the land was able to interpret it except for Daniel, who was empowered by the Spirit of God to understand and explain the writings.
Over the centuries, “writings” on the walls have metamorphosed into many different forms, but the intention is still very much the same, and that is, to bring forth messages from the writer to his reader.
In pre-historic times, men painted and drew on the walls thereby giving us a glimpse of what life was like in those days.
Concrete walls have been the canvass of artists or even common people whose passions were to record events in their lifetime, hoping that one day, somewhere, somehow, someone would be able to discover and appreciate their tales of days gone by.
Since then, mankind has come a long way and invented various medium to convey colorful messages on the wall. Nonetheless, world events, most especially religious affairs have in one way or another, remained a favorite subject.
Religious beliefs have permeated into the lives of people such that even in homes and commercial buildings, paintings of religious icons became a standard practice.
In modern times, artists have ventured into more and more varied subjects, ranging from abstract splashes on building walls to the more colorful cartoon like images attracting prospective customers.
But for those who do not have any access to imposing building structures, even a simple street wall would suffice just so they can express their innermost soul.
Writings and paintings on the wall – which wall are you?
If you were a wall, would you want to be painted? Or would you rather be just a plain wall?….