“Be strong and courageous” were the words God spoke to the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. They were uncertain yet hopeful in God’s promises. This verse has given me courage and strength as I enter Secondary School, knowing that God is with me wherever I go.
God promised Abraham that his descendants will have Canaan as their homeland. (Genesis 26:4-5)
As the Israelites were leaving Egypt to cross over to their Promised Land in the desert, they yearned for something different besides their daily diet. In God’s grace, He provided them with manna at dawn and quail at twilight. (Exodus 16:10-16) God always keep His promises. Besides our basic needs, He even provides us with extras. It reminds us that God’s grace and blessings are aplenty. We should work harder to extend His Kingdom. Better things are yet to come. The lily symbolises purity, hope, and life in Jesus Christ.
Jesus suffered for our salvation. His response to Paul’s request to remove his suffering was His sufficient grace, displaying His power through weakness, like a promise of hope for Paul’s victory over darkness. A broken vase was chosen to depict a broken body – of Jesus and those who suffered – pouring out their lives in passion as a living sacrifice; bringing hope to others.
God promises that I am not alone. My drawing shows dandelions and they represent God’s hope on the road to recovery. The lady is me and I am not alone. I was diagnosed with SLE, lymphoma and liver cirrhosis. During that same period, I experienced depressions and anxiety. Every day, I did not have the mood to do anything. Last month, during my recovery journey, I did my Bible study and did some art. Though the sickness is still with me, and it has led to all parts of my body not functioning well, which was a challenge for me, I never let go of myself. Life is worth living. I love art as it can help me destress, focus and find solutions out of problems! I found joy and contentment inside me as I pass my days – cool and calm! Years passed. Recently, my doctor found out that my thyroid has worsened and referred me to a specialist for further investigation. God is always with me and His promises never fail, so I am looking forward to my recovery. He is forever with me during my sickness.