It is fitting that the return of my muse would produce something that articulates my faith. After all, God is the most imaginative, creative being I know – so how could I be surprised! I am created in His image….I am excited because this morning, for the first time in about a month I felt a compulsion to create – a frenetic sensation that will not be quelched! Yet, yesterday, when I had the whole day set aside to create – it wasn’t there. These things are such a mystery – something in early years I sought to understand – but now I just accept as a part of the process. I AM creative & therefore I create however there are times that I MUST create in order to BE – part of my soul needs to be expressed & released – it is not always necessarily my best work that is created in these times – but it is often work that gives pleasure to my soul as it’s creation has released a burden. Below is a full description of the meanings of all of the pieces & components. Despite the tiny size of my little primative church shaped niche (the opening is about the size of a matchbox) this piece is quite complex. It is lined with a 7 gypsies paper that is red with random words on it. I chose this to signify Jesus’ blood, shed for us, for all of us……despite our words, & thoughts & protestations. The background is Psalm 23 (my fav. one) stamped with a line of 3 trees. (thanks for the stamp J) The three trees represent the 3 crosses on the hill on the day Jesus died, with a larger, paper tiled one in the shape of the cross over the top of the middle one. There were just ordinary people beside Jesus when he died & He forgave them, then died for them – the Passion of Christ for us….The cross itself is created from tiny tiles of roses & of writing. One of the names that is given to the Son of God is ‘the Rose of Sharon’ quite literally a word picture painted of the loveliness of Jesus referring to the lush precinct of Lebanon known for it’s beautiful roses.
On top of the cross are two small pieces – one a sheep – representative of me & the second a snippet of the definitiion of TREE – referring back again to the trees stamped – but also it says sending forth branches. Another of my fav. scriptures is John 15 where Jesus talks to the disciples about Him being the Vine & us the branches….In the top corners of the cross are the saints, gone before us, looking down from heaven, encouraging us in our faith……ALL that & we’re not even outside the little niche yet!!! – I told you it was complex! If you want to know more…….click below…….I realize this is a little confronting for some – it’s just where my muse took me……….
On the outside – starting at the top is a rather ‘cheeky’ looking bird that represents a dove which often is used to signify the Holy Spirit & the peace He brings. The vintage glass crystal is representive of the purity of God’s plans & purposes. No hidden agendas here!!! The twisted piece of wire on the side with promises on it is a piece of ‘Urban Driftwood’ that I collected last week. It looks like a ‘staff’, so is a reminder to me of Moses’ staff & how much he struggled with the Chidren of Israel…. & that we now have a new covenant, based on better promises. (ok – the NON Christianese version is something like this – humankind used to have to satisfy a whole tick sheet of requirements represented in the form of The Law in the Old Testament – now, because of the death of Jesus, we are released from the rulebook & are called to bear the fruit of our convictions, demonstrating His love & grace to a needy world)
The key with ‘faith’ written on it symbolises our need to trust & grow in love & faith. Hanging from the key is an old ‘locket’ I picked up in China made with an old coin. Folded in the centre of it is a portion of scripture from Matthew 6 – reminding us to beware of the things that we invest value & our life in – that ‘where our treasure is, is where our heart will be.’. The wire used throughout symbolizes the thorny crown Jesus wore on the cross & the red glass heart (I picked up the last time I was in Italy) with love on it – symbolises the love that has been displayed to us by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.