I was sweeping debris from my deck. Twigs, crackly leaves and spider webs virtually covered furniture, floor and rail. We live in the woods. Nature was reclaiming her own.
Spider web (Photo credit: lynnmwillis)
I imagined my house, left unattended, dissolving back into its elements. Man carves nature into useful and even beautiful projects, but when he stops caring for the product of his labor, it will always decompose. It returns to the earth from which it was taken.
This decomposition is renewal. The earth renews itself. Man can create and maintain, but left unattended the earth will reclaim.
I gazed at the dappled sunlight glancing on the dense green of our woods. The idea glowed in me like hope.
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A blackened web, A close-knit shroud, Encompasses the Earth Of many words, Ideas of men, Enwoven tight and thick. Though Heaven’s light Does brightly burn Still Earth in shadow lies. A life laid down A seed to die Is planted in the crust To grow on high And burrow through The shroud both tight and thick. As leaves unfold In warmth and light The blackened web melts back.
The view in the painting is that of a sprout breaking through from under the soil to the sunlight. It also depicts the resurrected life, from a life willingly laid down, burrowing through the “blackened web.”
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 3:16
Do you see it? The plant has not left Earth, yet it reaches into the Heavens. Its broad leaves soak up heavenly light and return true nourishment to its earthly realm. I think this plant lives in heaven and on earth.
God’s Garden – Seeing Earth From Heaven
I will enter the heavens to see the earth
God planted a garden there
The trees that He planted have offered their fruit
Each seed has been sown in the ground
In warmth and in moisture
And blindness of dark
The terrestrial body gives way
In brokenness offering its life to the earth
Comes a new form up, winding its path
Celestial body still planted in earth
Stretching and growing above
Turning and reaching for heavenly light
Broad leaves seek for nourishment there
Green earth and the light mix a marvelous way
Restoring to earth life and breath.
The day I wrote this poem, I felt myself lifted above the earth. I saw … Click to Continue…
Title: Earth Brings Forth
Oil on Canvass 24 X 36
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Shall the Earth be made to bring forth in one day?…
Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? …
for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Isaiah 66:8
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven;
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,
and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth,
and pained to be delivered….
And she brought forth a man child,
who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:
and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Revelation 12:1, 2, & 5
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. Isaiah 66:22