Tuesday, March 17, 2009


You Are My Peace!

By Ramone - March 6, 2009
"He will stand and shepherd His flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.
And they will live securely, for then His greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
And He will be their peace."

- Micah 5:4-5
I believe this came as I was thinking of the "gesture" style of drawing, which I miss doing (I don't use it so much anymore). I thought of it's opposite -- contour or realism. And somehow as I thought of that contrast, I saw this picture. Granted, I'd love to use gesture style more often, but this one came without me asking! And the Holy Spirit is witnessing to me now, so I had better talk about what this means...

The "gesture" person is me -- and is all of us. We are shaky, frazzled and razzled, confused, without much light. We are wrecks. Yes, God will heal us and grow us in His holiness, but the sheer never-ending fact is that He Himself is our peace. He gives us peace by giving us Himself. Peace is not something that detaches from Him and is handed to us. Peace is Him Himself. And when we don't "feel" peace, we must look up to Him and know that no matter what we feel, He is still "solid" and is not "coming apart" like we feel we are. He is our rock. He is our peace.

This is a picture of me (and all of us) looking up to Him, Him who comes down to us in our frazzled & frayed state, coming into our darkness, and touching us, lifting up our heads to see Him and that our peace is in Him.

I recall that I had seen this picture one night, and somehow the next day I was not feeling so great... spiritually confused or beating myself over the head over some personal failure. Whatever it was, I suddenly had to make this painting, because it was exactly how I felt, and He is exactly what I need!

Bless you in Jesus! He Himself is your peace!


See also: "I AM Your Peace!" (at Heart For Adventists)

Hi Ramone,

Great image of Christ's offer of peace... and everything else we need. Thanks for listening to the Holy Spirit and painting this.

Dave Scriven
The other day I finally broke down and added color to Christ's hands. I had wanted things to be monochromatic originally, possibly because it highlighted the contrast between the "gesture" style on the left and the "contour" style on the right. But the effect had been kind of ghastly (see for yourself). As I was using the sketchbook for another painting, I passed this one and decided to just do it, just add the color and see what happened. And I'm glad I did! Much more human, much more warm, much more loving! That's my Savior!

As a final note, I'll add that this one is a pain to photograph because I used so much black ink! Grr.

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