Inspiration Behind This Painting
This painting was inspired by two pieces of scripture – John 1:4,5 and Matthew 4:16.
I was inspired to paint light breaking through the darkness. Originally, the plan was to only capture light and darkness. As I was painting and worshipping in Spirit, I saw an image of a butterfly and was inspired to paint it in the light. The butterfly adds more meaning in context of the Matthew passage. Whether you are dealing with the death of a loved one or dealing with spiritual death and darkness, know that there is hope in Jesus. When Jesus was born, light broke through the darkness. The darkness hasn’t fully gone away but the darkness cannot overcome this light. There will be a day when Jesus will come back again, be it when He calls us home or when He comes to set the creation back in order, and when that happens, there will be no darkness.
Some of you had asked me if I know what the butterfly means. I believe it represents resurrection, hope and transformation. There is life in the light! There is hope in the light! There is freedom in the light, freedom even from death. The butterfly also reminds me of how the Holy Spirit works in us. He could be as silent as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings but he lands whereever He chooses to.
How does the butterfly in the light speak to you?
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. In times such as these, how pivotal it is to remember this fact. Jesus brings light into the world, and though the world is full of darkness it has not overcome His light. In the end, there is hope. John 1:4-5
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined. Matthew 4:16