Beauty from Ashes
“Beauty from Ashes” is about remembering who you are in Christ and that while He has life and renewal for you, the world only offers death.
The saint is surrounded by two main symbols. The blue butterfly represents renewal, change and resurrection from the dead. The skull represents our mortality and death. The two opposite symbols refer to Deuteronomy 30:19 which says, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” These symbols also speak of the restoration that comes from going through trials in our lives. “…To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3) The green headband speaks of the newness of life we have in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Her red kimono has white stripes as the pattern. Red symbolizes Christ’s sacrifice for us and the healing we can receive because of it. “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
This piece is part of a private collection