about the everlasting arms card
Did you ever have one of those dreams where you are falling through space and you never land? That is what insecurity is like: endless falling with no arms to catch you; alone in an accidental universe.
The context of Deuteronomy 33:27 is Moses’ blessing of Israel before they were to enter the Promised Land. On the surface, the Israelites had good reason to feel insecure: there were lots of battles to be fought before they could claim what God was giving them, battles they had no chance of winning on their own.
And yet the point of this verse and this whole chapter is that they weren’t really alone. Neither are we.
This is a verse I keep coming back to, even though it is impossible to adequately illustrate it. There was no way I was going to paint the arms of God—as if I could! Literal human arms would not do this metaphor justice anyway; it would only trivialize something wonderful and holy.
So I used the creation to show the contrast between insecurity and security: the coldness of space and the warmth of the earth. The original design was to show mountains on the inside for strength, but they just ended up looking cold, so I changed them to hills. I painted this in acrylic, and then softened the clouds and sky in Photoshop on my computer.
We think of God as being up there, when really He is here too. He is behind all that happens, and underneath it as well. We are not just random accidents falling through space. In the end, if we belong to Jesus, we are caught by those everlasting arms.