Refraction of Light, Trees and the Jewish People. Refraction Trees by Texas Artist Laurie Pace
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30 x 40 FRAMED Acryilc on Canvas
by Laurie Pace
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“Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king." Esther 7:3-4
Refraction is the bending of light (it can happen with sound, water and other waves) as it passes from one transparent substance into another. Trees are a passion for me especially in winter just as spring hits. The spirit and the shape of branches of each tree is unique. The painting was to celebrate the beauty of the design of the branches and highlighted by God's light. The light refracts throughout the tree following the bend and curve or each branch.
Refraction in life with God's will is my next direction. We are here to serve God' s needs not our own. We are placed in our position here on earth to touch certain people at certain times in life. God has a plan for each of us. When you read Esther you find a passionate story of Queen Esther, being in the right place at the right time to save her family and the Jewish people. She had to take a risk going to the king uninvited to ask for his help. She reminds Mordecai standing outside the palace gates, that she will be at risk appearing before the King to plead for the Jewish people. In addition, the King did not know his Queen was of Jewish decent.
Mordecai answers her after she expressed her fear of going against the rules. Chapter 4:12-14 (When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer to her.) “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house, you alone of all the Jews, will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Haman is the big time problem in this story...and it is worth the read if you like to see the good guy win in the midst of subterfuge. This is all part of the refraction of light from God in our lives splintering out. At one time Mordecai had saved the kings life. Haman wanted to kill Mordecai and all the Jewish captives and population. King Xerxes is hit with God's light as it refracts and realizes Mordecai had saved his life at an earlier time! But, Haman wanted Mordecai impaled on a high pole for everyone to see as he died.
All is up to Esther... and you might wonder what her decision was.
Today it is up to you and me to step up when God calls us into action to refract the light He placed in us on to others that desperately need it. If we turn down those nudges to share ourselves in His light, God will find someone else to do it. For Esther it meant the demise of her family if she did not step in to help her people. Mordecai would assist God in finding someone else to do it should she refuse... but that would seal her fate and her family's future.
Let that light shine.
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Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist
Laurie is an international artist, her paintings are collected in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, DuBai, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, St Thomas, Romania, Greece, Croatia, and Ecuador.
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