The Saint and the Owl
The Saint in this piece sits far away from earth.
The reflection in her helmet shows the lunar-scape and earth in the far distance. She is able to view the earth from above with a ‘heavenly perspective.’ In these days, we must be able to change our reference point from that of the world to the reference point of the eternal. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans12:2)
An owl perches atop her helmet. The owl is a traditional symbol of wisdom. Keeping wisdom close and asking God for wisdom is vital at this time. “A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” (Proverbs 17:24) Discernment is needed to determine if the wisdom we are guided by is from God or from the world. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’; and again, ‘The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.’” (I Corinthians 3:18-20) We must remember that “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)