Our Walls Can Declare the Glory of God: a Picture with a Story

After a long day at school Teacher Tony tackles a new project.Wall space is wonderful space. In Israel the Ten Commandments were placed on the doorposts, which, like walls, are conspicuous places that children and adults would both see often. I also remember the story of a widow whose husband and sons were all lost at sea. Even when her youngest son grew up, he too Practicing the calligraphy which would be the first thing to go on the paper.wanted to be a sailor. Trying to dissuade her resolute son she finally asked him what motivated him so strongly. He pointed to a picture on the wall that he and his brothers had beheld often: a picture of a beautiful ship at sea.

The bird is called a Taiwan Tit, one of the eighteen or so species that can't be seen anywhere else on earth.Here at home Dad and Mom have hung a lot of our pictures and this January picture-hanging was one of the first things we did when we had a free weekend. There was one picture however that was not of our own making.

On my next-to-last evening in Chaojhou, Taiwan, a The ancient-looking plum trees are great painting subjects.Taiwanese teacher painted an original picture in the traditional Chinese style, titling it with his signature, stamp, the date, and my life verse, Matthew 6:26. From there I rolled it up and I remember that unpacking was a grand event full of surprises.carried it on the train, through the I was grateful for a chance to watch.rigor and heat of summer camps, and finally on the long trip home in August. Mom had been waiting to see it in it’s place on the wall ever since.

Using another scroll of tapestry material and an adhesive similar to Elmer’s glue, we found a way to Carefully, carefully ... hang it, completing the project last night. It is hanging up now. It is a tribute to the birds and plum tree blossoms in Taiwan and also to a friend who would not let me leave without a gift. Most importantly, it “pictures” the wondrous way God uses ... in a safe, prominent place. To the right you can see another bird done by the artist at Nan Jung and the picture painted by Dad's Mom. His side of the family is where our art skills come from mostly.His Word, creation, and our common interests and skills as a daily reminder of His glory.

With brushes, a wide working space, and acid-free Royal Coat we finally had ...... Tony's masterpiece ...


  1. Esther Staddon January 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Yeah! What a great place to hang it! I’m looking forward to seeing it when I get home!

  2. James January 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    What a great place to hang those magnificent pictures. Can’t wait to be home to enjoy them.

  3. Everett January 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    I wish I could paint like that.

  4. Jamie Parfitt February 1, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Do you have a photo of the actual picture, straight-on? The angle shots are tantalizing peeks at the actual work.

  5. Donald February 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Good idea. That gives me an idea for another post!


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