Flowers make me happy with their sweet fragrance that fills the air, the softness of their pedals and array of beautiful colors but this painting is much more. The white picket fence abstract symbolizes the stability of family. The flowers symbolize children peaking at the future; another land on the other side of the fence. What will they find? Will they decide in the end that their side of the fence was where they truly belonged, or will they venture to far off lands that teach and mold them into the person they were meant to be? Do they peer over the fence throughout their lives or find solace in the place where they land?
As a teenager, I would drive to the beach and spend days and evenings just listening and watching the waves crash along the cliffs and rocks of the Connecticut shoreline. The pattern of the waves lulled my uneasy heart and gave me rest. Teenage life was not easy back in the day and today it is not any easier. We all need our place that fills us with peace and love. God hears us when we retreat and let his love wash over us.
RWhen I was a little girl in Delaware, we lived next to an expansive forest. It was mysterious with its dark shadows and beams of light that found their way through the leaves. I was intrigued by the enormity of the forest and felt free and alive there. I remember the lullaby of birds as they sang out their melody and the breeze as it sifted through my hair. I can still hear the crackle of branches when I would veer off the path, the smell of pine and the texture of tree bark. It was my secret place where God held me and now He lives in my heart.