This piece is about the daily choices we all make.
The woman’s pose holds two different birds. The raven is a symbol of temptation. It is large and noisy. The parakeet represents the choice of leaning on and trusting God. Matthew 10: 29-31 says: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. . . So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” The parakeet becomes a stand in for the sparrow. I chose the parakeet because of its beautiful color, like a little jewel. God’s love is like that jewel. In Deuteronomy 30:19 it says, “…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him.” God gives us the choice: life or death. He also gives us the answer: Choose life!
Because of the uplifted arms and symmetry of the pose, some people may see this piece referencing the crucifixion directly. I didn’t create the piece with that consciously in mind, but I think the idea of taking up our crosses daily and following Christ is very appropriate in this drawing about making daily choices.