The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, and He rose again. He has gone to prepare a place for believers in Heaven, and has promised that He will come again for us. When He comes again, believers will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (the time it takes for light to reflect off an eye), at the last trumpet, from corruptible to incorruptible, from mortal to immortal. We will meet Him in the air, and be with Him forevermore! Believe in Him, and share our blessed hope!
This painting is a seascape with a boat going on a journey. I turn 55 years old this year. As I continue on in my life’s journey (symbolized by the boat), I know that there will be ups and downs (symbolized by the waves). However, I (outline of the lady in the sail) must always lean against the Cross (the mast), trusting that the Lord Jesus is my Shalom Navigator who goes before me and will be beside me. I have always been a type A person, wanting to be in control. I must, instead, completely place my hope and trust in Jesus.
The world is about to be flooded and there are still obstacles between the snails and the Ark. The sea between the Ark and the snails represents the obstacles the snails have to overcome in order to be safe from the flood. I chose to illustrate this because the Ark, which represents God, provides a sense of hope that motivates everyone – that no matter who you are, to face all your challenges and not give up.
I drew a picture of a child’s happy face from receiving the promise of the verse; yet at the same time, with sadness in his eyes from living in a foreign land. To show how the hope endures through circumstances, I wrote the verse repeatedly in the background, on a discarded piece of cardboard (which homeless people often use for sleeping).