It takes about three months to finish a painting. I pondered why do I take so long? Then it occurred to me; its because I would try and cut corners and slack if I allowed myself to worry about the time element. If we are going to create anything of merit, time can never be a factor.
Her name is Esther. Her story is in the Old Testament Book of Esther. She was an orphaned Jewish girl in an occupied land. Her Uncle Mordecai took her in and took care of her. During this time, the King of Persia had his men grab all the women (virgins) from all of his provinces, so he could choose the one most beautiful woman, inside and out, as his queen.
My painting depicts Esther, some time after she was taken to the palace, before she was chosen. Here she is scared and confused but trusting in God that God has a plan for her life.
Later in the Biblical account, Esther is chosen to be the Queen of Persia. In her obedience to God she is able to inform her king of a plot to kill all the Jews and save all of her people.
Esther 4:14 (NLT)
Esther is very important to me. In my life, I too get confused as to why things happen to me. I wonder how can any of those things make any sense what so ever. However being a christian, I know that with God, there is always hope. Waiting on God is not easy. I like fixing things and striving to make life better. However God instructs us to know that He is God and to wait.
Psalms 130:6 (ERV)
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