|Seeking a New Heaven and a New Earth
|Acrylic on canvas
|70 x 90 cm
|What do you think the message of this painting is about? Do you think that people were on vacation, staying by the pool in a hotel and setting sail? Have children put small boats in sand pits? Actually, the answer is no. The message is about people who have left their home and set sail in uncharted seas to search for a utopia where they can have better lives. But they only found themselves totally lost. Eventually, their boats landed on a desert by the coast. Their dreams were shattered, and their lives were difficult.
Isn’t this similar to the story of the Israelites who left the land of slavery in Egypt? God promised to give them the land of Canaan that was flowing with milk and honey. They crossed the Red Sea and reached the desert of Shur. Then they came to Marah because the water was bitter. God told Moses, the leader of the Israelites, to throw a piece of wood in the water. Then the water became sweet. God tested the Israelites in the desert to see if they would obey His commandments. Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water. Migrants whose lives are bitter may complain like the Israelites. In fact, God uses hardship to draw people to Himself so they may drink living water and never thirst again. The Lord Jesus died for sinners on a cross, a piece of wood. Whoever believes in him will have eternal life and joy. Believers can have a close relationship with Him.
This message may also comfort struggling workers who are suffering from bitter labour. Hopefully, they will not wander from job to job anymore. You may listen to an English song, ‘Sailing’, and a Chinese song ‘Boat’ here, The lyrics of these two songs go hand in hand with the message.
It’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me
The essence of the Chinese Song ,‘ Boat’, by WANG Hui Lian is as follows:
May you find refuge in God, drink from Him and eventually enter into your promised land that is a new heaven and a new earth. There will be no more sorrow.