"In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation." 1 Peter 5:10.
This is a verse from the Bible I felt God gave me back in September 2021 for the church community before Steve and I went away on sabbatical and with it a picture of a mighty hand of God holding people spread apart on his hand, above a stormy sea. As I've mulled on it and worked on sketches and the final painting, I found God pointed out other aspects of the picture that he wanted people to see.
Pictures are for 'seeing' and you may find God speaks to you through this image personally, the interpretation is always a personal one for each of us! But here I've written what I felt God wants to offer all peoples, to bring us the security we seek and need.
It's called: The safest place in the storm. (You can view the full image and the original Instagram post here.)
God offers to scoop us up into his hand, not necessarily promising to take us 'out' of the storm, but 'with' Him we are secure in the knowledge that he understands the storm and how long it will last!
Also, through the relationship made available to us with Jesus Christ, Father God promises to keep us on his hand throughout, we can trust him, and he points us in the right direction.
Even though we aren't together, and have to stay apart, we are drawn into his community, and can support others from the safety of his hand, and offering that strength and security to those who who are at sea!
Our life jackets may come in different guises of security, whether it's health care, family, friends, a secure home etc, which stop us from going under, which we are very grateful for, but the water is still cold, and our security can't fully rest in these things. I believe Jesus is the only one who can lift us fully above the waves, bringing us true safety for eternity, and subsequently security and peace for the now, that has certainly been my own experience! And I pray that you also will allow him to scoop you up also.
Bev Jones is an artist and often contributes to our worship and prayer life. For more posts from Bev, please click here photo below.