"Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."
Psalms 91:14-16 (KJV)
This painting was my second oil painting, and I think that is when I totally fell in love with painting. At the time, I didn't really think about what this painting could mean from a spiritual perspective as I was working on it. Later the Lord did reveal to me so many things. As I grew in the Lord through the many trials that He had allowed and is still allowing me to go through; my eyes have been opened to how much He truly loves me. He will never leave me nor will He forsake me, and as I go through the difficulties, trials or sufferings that He has allowed, I know that He will deliver me from them in such a way that I could not even imagine.
As I look at the painting, the first thing that I see are the waves crashing against the three rocks, and it reminds me so much of what the Lord has allowed in my life...death of loved ones, financial struggles, the health challenges of my children, among other things. As I look at the storm clouds surround the whole picture, I can allow my vision to be clouded by all that I am going through and not be able to see what the Lord wants me to see. I am so thankful that my Heavenly Father sees right through those clouds, and is able to see the whole picture. He knows the outcome! He knows the end result of the storm. Eventually, the storm may end, and we may feel that there was so much destruction surrounding it, that we can't find the beauty, the hidden treasure meant just for us. Maybe we need to look for the beauty even in a storm.
I love going to the ocean and yes, I even love to see the power of the waves crashing against the rocks. Have you ever taken a walk on the shore after a storm? You would be surprised to see so many hidden treasures there are on the shore, and even some beauty. It could be the broken shells, reminding us of our brokenness, suffering or other trials in our lives, but then we come across smooth stones reminding us that through of all this, our Heavenly Father is smoothing us out into the image of His Son. We have a choice to make...we can sit inside and hide from the storm hoping it will go away or we can embrace it, by watching and trusting the Creator, knowing that He sees the end result. I choose to embrace the storm and then, see what special treasures He has waiting for me to find at the end ... for He sees the Solitary View.
Karen's Artistic Thoughts
I decided as I was working on this website, that a blog would be a way to explain what goes through my mind as I work on each piece the Lord has laid on my heart.