The storms of life are many. Too often, we only see the struggles, the storms of everyday life. In “Amidst the Storm”, we see strength within the storm. I took great pleasure in creating this painting because of its meaning in my life.
     At first glance, the painting appears dark, dismal and even gloomy. One’s interpretation of life can often be the same. When you look deeper into the painting and its meaning, you see brightness, optimism and hope. There is a dynamic relationship between the eagle, the storm and the sunlight. The eagle represents the strengths we all possess. The storm represents the struggles we face daily, both expected and unexpected. The sunlight represents God as the source of power and strength. It is the focus of my attention. There is a joy in knowing we have strength amidst the storms and in envisioning ourselves as eagles. The painting now becomes an uplifting experience because of the strength we possess within the storm.
    God’s written word can be an inspiration to us all, a great source of strength, hope and love. The comforting words of Isaiah 40:29-31 inspired me to create the painting “Amidst the Storm”: “He gives power to the faint; and to them that have not might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
By Robert Bishop
Amidst The Storm
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