Sarah - eagleinthestorm

Sarah – eagleinthestorm

Been thinking and experimenting with different ideas to do with Proverbs 3:1-8 given to me as a reference for this piece.  “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on a tablet of your heart.”  And later on in Proverbs 7:2-3 “keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

I looked at the use of tephillin and phylacteries, literally placing the word of God in a small leather box and strapping it to your arm or forehead. I found a picture posted by Sarah in 2011 through her blog ‘eagleinthestorm’ which linked the two Proverbs verses together for me. The idea of physically binding the words to something really appealed to me so that is where the experimentation began.

The canvas concerning ‘doing life well’ needs something lower down to aid composition, so to bind the word around the canvas made sense. I wasn’t sure whether to use the binding as part of the overall symbol of the cross but decided against that for now. But on what to bind it, and with what?

Binding the bible verses around sticks and roots

Binding the bible verses around sticks and roots

I wanted to keep the materials as natural and authentic as possible so wood or roots both linked to the use of the mustard seed in canvas two and also the image of us being the vine, resting and working with Him. So I wrote out the verses given to me by Andrew concerning the four canvases, and some addition verses linked directly to doing life well, and wrapped them around pieces of wood and root, binding them with raffia.

The wood and roots were collected from a beautiful beach in Ireland over ten years ago and have been waiting in a box for such a time as this…. and isn’t that just a mirror of our lives sometimes when God takes something that has been within us for so long, or was experienced by us, and then uses it for His purposes.

Bundles on canvas three

Bundles on canvas three

Incredible how God can make us new by giving us the grace to help others through our experiences. By binding these verses, these truths around our fingers, around the roots and buds of our lives, God speaks into every situation; we can hear His voice more clearly, discern His will more easily and know that, as the children’s song says, when ‘the rain comes down and the floods come up’ we are standing on solid ground, for He is the Rock upon which we stand.

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