There’s a dream I had several weeks ago of being pregnant, and the pains of labor that cried from within me, along with being in a time of fear that surrounded me
(all in the dream).
That morning, I woke very early unable to sleep, and thinking of the dream. Somehow I ended up reading revelations that morning- starting in chapter 12.
Let me first say, I am no Bible expert, and I don’t usually read the Bible daily. God speaks to me through everything- and the Bible has always been a book used in my life where He has spoken to me, lead me, guided me- a book where I learned about His nature, and where I found spirituality in the words of Jesus. I love my Bible, and it is one of the many ways God speaks directly to my spirit.
I wanted to say this because I am no Bible scholar on the context in which it is written, nor the meaning of the visions of revelation. I am just writing on my own personal revelation, in hopes that what the Spirit has spoken to me, hoping the full meaning behind the painting will also bless you.
I read about the vision of the woman and the dragon. The woman was pregnant, and having labor pains- as a red dragon (known as the accuser as it is written later) was waiting to devour the baby.
She gave birth and the child was immediately taken to God, and not the dragon. The woman ran away – into the wilderness, which God had prepared for her to be safe and hidden.
The dragon pursued the woman in anger, and she was given two great wings that allowed her to fly to that safe place in the wilderness that God had made for her.
The dragon tried to drown her with a flood of water that flowed from it’s mouth- but the Earth helped the woman by opening up and swallowing this great flood.
The dragon then declared war against the woman.
I finished reading there, and as I did I felt the spirit speaking to me of this season and time. I believe there is a deep truth to this vision that means so much more in truth and history- but this is what God spoke to my heart through this story on this particular morning.
I knew there was a spiritual birth of new things taking place in my life, as well as the lives of many others this year.
This dream I had of pregnancy and labor pains was God showing me that these hard circumstances that have been rising up around me- a lot having to do with knowing my identity and holding on to that truth, finding my voice, and even a few health issues- are all happening at a time where I am also stepping out in new things, in big new things, and truly pursuing what I feel called to do.
Just like the accuser in the story, it has been hitting me stronger than normal, but even with that spirit of accusation, sometimes it just uproots things that bring about much deeper inner healing, where God can truly remove old wounds that have not properly healed from the past. I have found this has been happening to me.
But through this story, I saw even in this great battle and birth, not only was the child protected but the woman was cared for the entire time, as God had already prepared that safe place to care for her in the wilderness.
A wilderness is a wild, uncultivated, area. I think it’s interesting, that sometimes this feels like life. A mess; and as we follow the Spirit, sometimes where we end up just looks like a mess… and we doubt- is this where I am suppose to be?
Yet, this is the place God prepared for this woman, to care for her.
I decided to paint this because it spoke to me so much- and this is what came out…
As I painted the woman I saw her in a tree, and I felt she was completely at rest in this wilderness by resting in that tree of life…
I let the painting sit for a few weeks, as I knew I would paint over it.. I didn’t like the dragon to be honest, as I felt he was stealing a lot of the focus on what was truly going on.
The next week I was reading revelations 22, on the tree of life. I believe Jesus is the tree of life – this is just my own personal belief- and I looked back at my painting, seeing the woman resting in that tree of life that I painting, even in a season where she was in the ‘wilderness’.
Last week I decided to revisit the painting, and completely redo it. I wanted the same meaning to flow- but I let go, knowing that something different may come out.
I used my hands with my paints, and everything but the woman, the Lion, and the Lamb, was painted using my hands and fingers. As I painted I followed the flow of the Spirit as I literally would turn the canvas at different angles at different times, and even painting with different emotions as I used my hands- finding a lot of peace and unity in the trinity of the right side of the canvas; yet intensity and passion on the while painting the left side, which ended up looking like a stormy river.
As I painted I started to see the same interpretation I wanted to portray originally, and begin to press into it. The top left corner showing the thunderous clouds of heaven as they clashed down to the river below. The trinity around the tree of life, like three whirlpools- taking that stormy river and calming the water to flow in unity around the tree of life.
And there, in the middle of the tree of life, is the woman; safe and protected- resting, but also watching all that is going on around her- not understanding the chaos of it all, but being firmly rooted in the peace she has within. Below her is the lamb, the prince of that peace; the Spirit that dwells within her- her comfort, her foundation, her life.
In the heavens, being over the storm, and watching over her in the purest of love, is the Lion.
I am so in love with how this painting has come out, and what it means to me.
I hope it’s interpretation has also blessed you in some way- but also if this painting speaks something completely different to you, that makes me very happy! I love how art can mean so many different things to the ones who see it.
I would love to hear what it speaks to you.
The painting is sale, and it’s quite big. (you can see the size in the full photo above, where it takes up my whole sofa).
From now, to August 22nd the painting will be available for auction. If you want to make an offer, we are starting the price at £116, and on August 22nd, it will either go to the highest bidder, or will be available on my etsy shop for £116.
Thank you all for your love and support in my journey- and I hope this painting blesses every viewer in it’s own unique way, on your own journey of life. ❤
Lots of love, and blessings,