The Throne in Heaven Revelation 4:1-11
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
How do you express this scripture to children? How do you show God’s majesty in a drawing? This is an illustration that took a lot of careful thought, reading the scriptures and prayer. So, after many practice drawings, a picture emerged from my mind, a throne, a rainbow, and the presence of God seated on His throne.
Matthew 28:5-6 “The angel said to the women,’Do not be afraid,' for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
This small insect caught my eye in Tucson, Arizona. God’s creatures are so varied and beautiful! The grasshopper can be very destructive to a farmer’s crops, but at the same time be an important part of the food chain. Many animals use the protein-rich body of the grasshopper for food.
Isaiah 40:22 “God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and sprads them out like a tent to live in.”
Why don’t you try drawing a grasshopper?
Isaiah 53:3 says, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
This door was discovered on a quiet, narrow street in Patmos, Greece. The date above the door attracted my eye, not to mention the beautiful colors and the ancient feel I tried to capture in this painting.
Patmos is very special because this is the island where John wrote the Book of Revelation.
I wonder what was happening in 1846 on the Greek Island of Patmos.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Doors are a favorite subject matter of mine to paint. Especially the open door, it holds such promise of opportunity, new beginnings and hope.
Genesis 1:20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
My hope is that people will take a closer look at God’s creatures and see how magnificently they are created. Birds have a special place in my heart and I tend to want to express their beauty through art. This painting was done in acrylic paints. I saw this Barn Owl in Bend, Oregon at the High Desert Museum in a raptor show. This painting is called “The Search”. Ever since I read John Stott’s book, “The Birds Our Teachers”, I realize there are all kinds of lessons to be learned from birds. The word “search” opens up many different possibilities, so I’ll let you use your imagination to see what “search" means to you.