Friday, 17 April 2015

Take Me Deeper - April Week 3

Another week has passed! It's the school Easter holidays here - normal routine starts again on Monday - and the weather has been glorious! We've done some work in the garden, and, spending time just sitting out there watching our newish rabbits in their run, has given me time to stop and really appreciate what we have around us every day. It's so easy to get wrapped up in things that seem to need our attention and time, and we think of it as a strength to be able to deal with this 'stuff', but actually, sometimes it's stronger to just sit and be and trust that our Father has it all under control and things will resolve in His time. I do believe there are occasions when we must stand up and be counted though. But I'm getting better at keeping more calm about it all LOL!
So, onto the artwork! April Week 3 - Power for Living.
I did all the suggested reading but found Ephesians so powerful:
1:18-20: I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world.
v.7: I was made a servant of the gospel by God's special gift, which he gave me through the working of his power.
v.12: In union with Christ and through our faith in him we have the boldness to go into God's presence with all confidence.
I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God's people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ's love. Yes, may you come to know his love - although it can never be fully known - and so be completely filled with the very nature of God.
v.20: To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus for all time, for ever and ever! Amen.
Although these readings really inspired me, no image was coming to mind. How could I possibly illustrate the power of God? Living in love? God's special gift? I left it a few days before even trying to create anything and was considering an abstract piece. I prayed before starting, to be guided, then opened my Photoshop and started to just play!
I actually used three textures, blended, as my background. This formed a kind of landscape that suggested to me that the viewer is in a cave looking out. There are craggy rocks ahead, leading to a peak, reaching up, high. On the very top of that peak is a small tree. The bright light and rays in the sky are the signs of God's power. That power reaches down and across the whole land and across all creation (represented by the birds). The little tree reaches up towards the light and power and stands tall and firm, where others cannot, through receiving the light and power. No matter how inhospitable the surroundings, the little tree survives and stands strong - as do we, through life's trials, when we live with the love, light and power of God.
Bernie x

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