Allow me to introduce, “Esther” and her moment captured in clay entitled, “Hope in the waiting.”
My goal as a Christian artist is to capture faith-filled moments in clay that evoke positive emotions and gentle remembrance of a person whose faith touched the lives of those whose paths they crossed, even if momentarily. The particular moment embodied in this piece is that of hope while doing one of life’s hardest act of obedience…waiting.
While reading this particular Psalm from the Passion Translation, I was especially touched by verse 5 of David’s soliloquy to the Father:
“This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your word brings me hope.” — Psalm 130:5
It caused me to recall childhood memories of seeing my grandmother and mother sitting quiet but contemplative – deep in prayer. Their bibles beside them or opened to specific verses, I knew they were not to be disturbed as that moment within the chair was hallowed ground where cares, fears and hopes were conveyed in fervent prayer with expectation for breakthroughs.
As a child viewing these journeys in prayer, I often wondered what would come next. As if passed from one generation to another, I recall each of them surrendering to the yielding comfort of their chair’s embrace where they surrendered burdens, quieted their fears, and assured their hearts of the ‘Hope’ that awaited them in the waiting. As an adult, I now relate to their journeys in prayer as I surrender to ‘Hope’ in my own life’s journey as I wait with great expectation of God’s mercy and grace.
I hope that Esther generates a movement within your heart and mind as you view her moment captured in clay of ‘Hope’ in the waiting. Feel free to share your thoughts on your life’s journeys in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.
This sculpture of Esther is available for purchase. Please use my contact page to get in touch with me.