This painting is a reflection on the Biblical account of how God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel with a vision and explanation that helped restore the hope of Israel. Shortly after this, Ezekiel shared God’s words about how Israel would be reunited and no longer be scattered or divided. I think this story is relevant to so many people today, and especially to us who identify as members of the body of Christ. We can often feel scattered and dried up, done in, and dead in spirit. Life throws its ugly challenges at us and we become disillusioned. Yet God is longing to breathe new life into us, wake us up to all the MORE He has for us, and bring us back together united and stronger than ever.
I have often wondered if I could make an abstract representation of a story, so this was my first attempt and I was happy with the results. I have tried it since with another story and it was a total disaster. Much harder than you might think it would be! I will keep trying.
I made this painting for my dear friend Cindy. She loves bright, cheerful colors like I do. The background panels are meant to be a layer of energy and vitality. The bottom bit of this painting has course sand paste mixed into the grey paint. It really does feel scratchy and dead and dry, like the dry bones in the vision Ezekiel had. Then the colored bits represent the bones becoming connected, bone to bone, but no life in them yet. Then the bit above that shows the four winds being called to breathe life into the bones, so there they start to rise up and come alive. The marks on the top represents the great and mighty army of Israel united, and also represents us, God’s family now. We may be different, but we can stand together as one to serve the Lord. We are strong when we let God put his Spirit in us and give us wisdom, courage and zest for life. We are the best reflection of God when we are living, breathing examples of love and unity in action.
This painting hangs in the worship room at The More House where it reminds all of us that God is on the move and is waking up the people around us and reuniting his family. We are so excited to be a part of what is happening in Fairfield County as more and more people realize we are better together. I hope this painting inspires others to join the ranks and stand with us!