It has been wonderful to work on creative things again. This painting is one from a while ago that really impacted me and many others. I found an old friend became the owner of the local photography and printing business she worked for. I brought a few of my more unique paintings I found difficult to capture the glimmering gold and silver leaf, shimmer of dry pigments or the uniqueness of texture. I am praying their great skills will be able to do more than I imagine!
As I painted, the word BEHOLD came to me and I wrote it on an early layer. Though soon covered over, I missed its presence and felt it needed to be seen again. So I wrote it on a newer layer! It did not want to remain hidden and God doesn’t want His people to remain hidden either.
BEHOLD from Merriam Webster
transitive verb. 1 : to perceive through sight or apprehension : see. 2 : to gaze upon
I feel BEHOLD means so much more. Awe, wonder and anticipation for what is to be seen and often an urgency to experience.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Lord thank you for the many ways You capture our attention. Let our senses be even more attuned to the ways You are calling us, revealing things to us and beckoning us into Your peace and joy!