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Stella, a talented artist and member of Trinity, has been led to produce a set of four paintings for the church. The theme is the various aspects of God, and metaphors from the Bible. These themes are superimposed on the four seasons of the year. Each picture is hung in the main worship area of the church. We are grateful to Stella for allowing us to display her pictures and descriptions on our site.

 

  

 

 


Spring

This painting is filled with the elements of spring, each one specifically chosen for its metaphorical meaning reflecting the beliefs of the Christian faith.

The main focal point is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is inviting you to walk the path he is on, demonstrating that it is through the lamb that we then move forward along the path to God The Father - Our Rock, depicted by the mountain shown in the distance.

The stream, with the stepping stone, is symbolic of Jesus being our living water that sustains us throughout our walk of life, and the stepping stone to eternal life. The caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly illustrate the wonderful transformation into a new creation we can experience through faith in Jesus Christ.

With the beautiful spring flower, The Lily of The Valley, it is said that Jesus is symbolised by the pure white flower, and the leaves represent the world he came to save. The Tulips demonstrate how we die to our former lives and are born again; each season the Tulip dies completely (buried in the ground), until the change of the season brings new life, restoring them to their full glory.

As the tree has the opportunity to grow, blossom, and produce fruit year after year, we also as children of God are given the chance to do the same.  The bird in the Dogwood branch, bringing food to its hungry young, reflects God's promise to nurture and sustain us throughout our lives. 

The Dogwood blossoms are said to symbolise the price our Lord Jesus Christ paid for us to have new life. The four petals of the Dogwood flower, tipped with red, show the cross stained with the blood of our Saviour.  As children of God, with faith in Jesus Christ, together with our Father's love, mercy and forgiveness, we are able to experience the miracle of spring in our lives again and again.

God so loved the world that he gave his only son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but have eternal life.           (John 3:16)

Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old has gone! The new has come!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

God’s grace has saved you, because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do, it is a gift from God.  (Ephesians 2:8)

 

Summer

This painting is reflecting the promises of God as written in the Bible.  In this painting of Summer-time, I firstly wanted to convey the magnificence of Gods creations experienced at this time of year. Not only is this season full of glorious colours and fragrances, it is the time of year when fruits, nuts and grains are ripening, providing us with all we need to sustain us throughout our lives.  

God has made a promise to always provide for us in this way, if we commit our lives to Him.

  "... So don't worry. Don't say, 'What will we eat?' Or, 'What will we drink?', Or 'What will we wear?' People who are ungodly run after all of those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. But put God's kingdom first. Do what He wants you to do. Then all of those things will also be given to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NIRV)  

All of the elements that make up this painting can be found in the Bible, many are symbolic. For example, the pomegranate (as mentioned in Exodus 39:24 and Songs of Solomon 6:11) with its hundreds of seeds, is said to be symbolic of Gods countless blessings. The Willow tree with its roots in the water is symbolic of those who choose to trust in the Lord:

 ..I will bless any man who trusts in me. I will show my favour to the one who depends on me. He will be like a tree that is planted near water. It sends out its roots beside a stream. It is not afraid when heat comes. It's leaves are always green. It does not worry when there is no rain. It always bears fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8) 

The winding path, which represents our walk through life, is lined with trees full of fruit to sustain us on our way. It passes by the still waters, and a comfortable place to stop and rest, as it is written in Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd. He gives me everything I need. He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. He leads me beside quiet waters. He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths for the honour of His name.             (Psalm 23 1-4) 

.....Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live in the land and enjoy its food. Find your delight in the Lord. Then He will give you everything your heart really wants. Commit your life to the Lord. Here is what He will do if you trust in Him. He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.....          (Psalm: 37 3-6)

 


 Autumn

Autumn shows the Harvest Time which symbolises how the body of Christ works together. We all have a God-given roll to play within the body of Christ – the church.  Our love for Jesus motivates us to seek out the tasks God wants each of us to take on, and to look for opportunities to serve bringing life, love, and hope to those around us.

So, my dear brothers and sisters this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. When we are controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the spirit. (Romans 7:4-6 NIRV)

Many times throughout the Bible we are taught through symbolism of the harvest.

Plant the good seed of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plough up the hard ground of your hearts for now is the time to seek the Lord that He may come and shower righteousness upon you. (Hosea 10:12 NIRV)

The harvest is great but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into the field.  (Matthew 9: 37-38 NIRV)

[We harvest what we plant] Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path, and be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. (Galatians 6:1NIRV)

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.   (Galatians 6:9 NIRV)

No discipline is enjoyable when it is happening, it’s painful!  But afterwards there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.  (Hebrews 12:11 NIRV)

And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest good-hearted people who hear   God’s word, cling to it and patiently produce a good harvest.  (Luke 8:1 NIRV)

 


Winter
 
This painting of winter represents the difficult times we will experience during our lives.  Although it is dark and foreboding, the essence of this painting are the subtle but powerful signs of hope.

Within this picture you will see the Glastonbury Thorn which as it blooms with tiny white flowers around Christmas time, is symbolic of the wonderful birth of God's son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

You'll also see ever-green Ivy which symbolizes God's faithfulness and the promise of eternal life.

The Elm Trees are symbolising faithfulness and also dignity in the face of adversity.

The Oak Tree is symbolic of endurance and perseverance, standing firm through trials.

The Laurel in the foreground is symbolic of victory and triumph - particularly over temptation and trial. The leaves of the Laurel which never wilt symbolise our victory being eternal. Because of this symbolism, the leaves of the Laurel were often made into a wreath in ancient times to crown a victor.

The small white flowers represent the Cockle Weed which is known for its invading and spoiling habit.  This is a very serious symbolic warning to always stay alert and guard against the invasion of evil within the body of Christ – the church.

And finally and most importantly, the light shining through the darkness representing the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  He is always there as our guide to light the way, to show us the direction we must move in; the promise of victory over adversity, the dawning of a new day, a new hope, a new beginning....a new springtime - a new life.

Jesus spoke to the people again. He said, "I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will never walk in darkness. They will have the light that leads to life." (John 8:12 NIRV)

Then Jesus cried out, "Anyone who believes in me does not believe in me only. He also believes in the One who sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the One who sent me. I have come into the world to be a light. No one who believes in me will stay in darkness.“   (John 12:44-46 NIRV)

Live your life in the Light of Jesus Christ, knowing that in Him you cannot walk in darkness. With our eyes fixed on Christ the Light of the World, showing us the way, His light will reflect through us and become a light for others.