In His Presence {painting #1 in progress}

This week, I started the first painting for a 6-person show I’ve been invited to join this October. I’ve entitled the theme for my part in the show as, The Promise of Morning, read here for a deeper meaning of the theme. As you may know, this group of paintings will be different than any other I have ever put together. I’ll be pouring more into these paintings than I’ve ever put in my work before, and hopefully it won’t be just more of myself, but more of Him.

Held Together progress-3

painting #1 in progress

These paintings will be the first expression of truths I have focused on over the last two years and it is time for me to finally output what I have been ruminating on. I knew that going through these paintings would be cathartic, but I’m starting to wonder now if at each one He will bring me through that theme more deeply than I was prepared for.  I was intending to remove myself from the blogging and only focus on the themes. Perhaps I can do that soon, but it seemed I would cheat you if I left out how much I am currently walking this journey. I have not arrived by any stretch. I am holding onto these promises with white knuckles, today.

This painting, yet to be titled, is all about being reminded that when we are in our darkest moments and when the pain is rushing in, He is with you. He holds you together and His presence is all around.

 

In the Painting:

• Amber
In researching the color of amber, it is only mentioned in Ezekiel and only in a couple versions. It is seen during Ezekiel’s visions of the glory of God. In chapter 8:2 God is on His throne surrounded by fire and brightness the color of amber – the majesty of His presence. The upper part of this painting will glow with the fiery amber of His presence. We can’t see this most days. We only know that there’s a dark pain or angst in our lives, but if our eyes could be opened to the truth stated so many times in His Word, we would embrace the difficulty believing that He surrounds us with His very presence. He doesn’t always take the grief and sorrow away – he sings to us and cradles us while the hardship washes over our souls and does its perfecting, refining work.

 

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; 
he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
DEUTERONOMY 31:8

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
ZEPHANIA 3:17

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Click to hear music from one of my favorite CD’s “I Am Here” by Scripture Lullabies on YouTube. Be refreshed as you continue to read.

I write today because I’m emotionally unable to paint. And the irony is that this painting is about being held by God in the state I currently find myself in, today. Isn’t God so perfect in this way? When you give Him the keys to your life and your heart, He works. Things happen. You become aware that He is repeating Himself in specific themes to you. You gain new insight, you realign your thinking to His. You let go of something you didn’t know you had a death grip on. But in it all you are more aware that He is working in your life – very present. Very involved.

There is the comfort – His presence.

Look for more on this painting and its additional symbolism as it’s revealed soon.

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