Have you ever had a scenic view that jumped into the Camera Roll on your IPhone hardly without even knowing it? I have. While on vacation Rich and I drove past this elegant landscape and before I could say, “Wow, oh wow,” I was snapping a shot.
It’s the red door that first captured my attention. How noticeably stunning! What came to mind was John 10:7,9 when Jesus called Himself “the door” that we all must enter through to get into the Father’s House, of course, made possible by the blood of Christ on the cross.
But the more I studied this mini replica from heaven, the more images came to light. It’s like God opened the veil and revealed a deeper meaning about life and our future with Him for all eternity. I love the symbols in this dreamscape by the sea.
- Do you notice the three crosses on the hill to the west of the church? Luke 23 mentions the cross of Calvary and the two thieves that were crucified on each side of Christ.
- Notice the palm tree, a symbol of conquest, peace, and eternal life which originated in the Mediterranean world. Remember Palm Sunday when palm trees waved at the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem? In this picture, the palm tree towers above all, representing our victory in Christ.
- I love the significance of the clouds, a remembrance of Christ’s return, Revelation 14:14 – There was a white cloud and One like the Son of Man was seated on it. Yes, Christ is coming again for His church. Such a reality should hover above our thoughts.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16 reminds us, And the dead in Christ shall rise first to greet Him. Isn’t that a stirring image with the tombstones in the front of the church waiting for that glorious day!
- There are a number of others, too – the light on the porch – Jesus is the light of the world. The narrow sidewalk – the way to heaven is narrow. The indiscrete black clouds – the ever threatening presence of the demonic world around us, and more!
- But here’s the one I love. See the tombstones on the front brick ledge with the yellow and red flowers on top of them? I’m reminded that when we’re gone, we leave behind a pleasant fragrance (hopefully), a legacy of brilliant colors of how our lives brought beauty to the world around us.
The more I look, the more I see. Thanks for sharing my portrait with me. I think I’ll have it framed.