A few months ago my sister-in-law dropped off a car full of used canvases that were found in a local building. She saved them from being thrown out and discarded. I was elated as I watched them being unloaded knowing what potential they had for a fresh start and a new beginning. I couldn't wait to wipe them clean and cover them over with a fresh coat of paint.
As I dreamed of the endless possibilities of what they could become I thought of Easter approaching. I thought of the symbols we often associate with Christ and wondered what conversations could be had between the image of the lion and the lamb. As I started the process of covering the old story on each canvas I thought about how many of us forget what the lamb did for us that day on the cross. How many of us live day to day (myself 🙋♀️) as if what Christ did for us - has little effect on what our previous chapters looked like. But we have a redeemer and in Christ we are a new creation. "The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
The old testament shows us how the lamb was used as a sacrificial atonement. We don't use that word a lot anymore but it means to "cover." The lion is the king of beast with all its strength and power but it is also a reference to a blessing that was handed down with an everlasting kingdom. This Easter I pray that you see how Christ has covered you with His story. With His power and glory, His love, and His desire to be with you . We are His masterpiece. Every part of our story matters to Him and nothing separates us from His everlasting love. That's what these two paintings speak to me. Everlasting - Love. What do they speak to you? I'd love to hear.