God promises to be my keeper and shelter, like the clouds that shield me day and night. He is also like an umbrella that keeps off the sun’s heat in the day; and a tent that I can lie and sleep safely at night.
I like to draw things that move – e.g. trucks, cars and ships. My artwork shows a very big ark with Noah’s family and animals in it. I imagined the ark to have a crane to carry cargo on it. God kept Noah’s family and every pair of creature alive in the ark according to His promise. The dove found no land to stand on, so it returned to the ark.
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).
My artwork has four scenes from the Bible which depicts hope or promise.
Noah’s Ark: God promises to never flood the earth again: He set His rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Him and the earth.
The Birth of Jesus Christ: It gives us hope that a Saviour has come to save all of us from evil.
Jesus Christ feeds the 5000: This gives us hope that Jesus will always be there for us when we need him.
Jesus Christ’s resurrection: Jesus promised his disciples that after 3 days, He will rise from the dead.
My painting is in semi-abstract form. It shows briefly the 3 aspects of a Christian life. On the bottom right hand corner of the picture, it depicts pre-believers as represented by the colours of sin (i.e. evil, wickedness, disbelief, greed). There are also believers who are led astray by the evil one. However, 1 John 1:9 clearly gives the hope and promise of God’s forgiveness. The centre of my painting is painted in green which represents salvation, repentance, restoration, growth, and most importantly, faith. The musical notes, the opened door to receive pre-believers, the crucifix, the bible, the open palms are icons of joy, eternity, God’s Word and faith. Lastly, the Dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit and also represents God and His Unconditional Love. His Heart which I have painted in yellow indicates the supreme power of God, His blessings, His promises and hope as recorded in the Bible.