This frees up at least a few hours per week. Over the past two weeks I have been fascinated with painting an image of a hand reaching out of the darkness. So, I’ve painted it. Lots.
The first one I painted felt like it was meant for someone, but I didn’t know for whom until a few days ago when I delivered it to a friend who had been in hospital over this past week. It turned out it was meant for them.
One was a commission for a friend’s daughter for her birthday that had some specific words and colours that I felt were appropriate for them: I’ve also painted a much bigger one (roughly 1 metre square) with a poem that I felt I needed to include with it.
I’m not too sure if the poem with it works but I love the words and the encouragement of trust and to have faith.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown!”
And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So, I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night
And He led me toward the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
So, heart, be still!
What need our little life,
Our human life, to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low
God hideth His intention.
The Desert 1908
Minnie Louise Haskins 1876 – 1957
Quoted by King George 6th,Christmas 1939
Putting your hand into God’s hand is much better than going along a path that is a known way.
The first painting I did of the hand will be available as a print size A1, which is 59.4 by 84.1 cm.