This little sparrow had his portrait taken by me last spring, and although I’ve probably drawn this exact same bird before in another pose I wanted to do another sparrow.
I was thinking about when Jesus was reassuring that God has taken a deep interest in each of us, saying “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7 NIV)
I’m glad that Jesus chose a common sparrow for that illustration, and not something more majestic. Otherwise, there might be room for someone to think that they were too small for God to notice.
When you’re small, even a little waterfall can look like a big challenge. The patient care and encouragement of another can make many obstacles surmountable.
As I drew this I thought about Moses leading his flock while in the land of Midian. Long before that, when Moses first thought it was time to save his people from slavery, he wasn’t ready. He was too impulsive and his people needed more care than he knew how to give. To be properly prepared he needed to first tend to a flock in the wilderness for forty years. There he learned the patience, gentleness, and faithful reliance on God needed to guide an erring flock.
The materials used for this:
One of the wooden pens I carved a long time ago
Daniel Smith walnut ink
Noodler’s black ink
As I drew it became more difficult to control the ink flow because the tip of the pen was wearing down. After quickly resharpening the point with a razor the problem was fixed.
The lamb was referenced from Nicola B and the sheep from Angeline Rijkeboer of Paint my Photo.
A sunset to end the week with. The reference for this is also from Paint My Photo, here. The photo is from an album of Wedge Island photos, which is off the western coast of Australia, so that must be the Indian Ocean there.
This week has probably had the longest posting streak ever on this blog with six days in a row for my timezone. I won’t be posting anything tomorrow, which is Saturday, though because it’s the Sabbath and I rest and devote that time to God in accordance with the fourth commandment. It’s a great blessing to rest and turn your attention to spiritual things for a day out of each week. Afterwards the next week can then be started refreshed both physically and spiritually. Because the fourth commandment specifies the seventh day and explains that it’s in memory of creation, when God blessed the seventh day, I believe it’s important to rest on this day.
Last March I ordered a Kuretake #8 fountain brush pen but found it too intimidating to use and set it aside. Drawings that others make with brush pens seem so gracefully decisive, describing subjects with minimal lines and no mistakes. The packaging also listed many instructions, including symbols for dire warnings, but it was written entirely in Japanese. Hmm. Well, worries of messy lines and mysterious warnings finally brushed aside, the pen has been used today.
My basic idea here was a scene with a stream originating from a distant mountainous area that becomes gentler towards the foreground where it can be a source of blessing, based on some verses in the Bible. One of them was Psalm 23, verses 1 and 2 saying “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.”
Another very appropriate verse I found later is Proverbs 25:25, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” This verse has a strong application in the New Testament as well. The word “gospel” literally means “good news” and in the famous scene of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well He presents Himself in terms of a well of water that quenches thirst in a way that the material things of this world never can. This is the thirst of a soul.
Here’s a clearer image of the waterfalls and sheep.