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The Story Behind 'Hidden Hearts'

When I started this series of lilies, I thought I would title them something simple

like--- ‘Lilies of the Meadow’ after this passage in Luke chapter 12.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon

in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

Luke 12:27

I thought I wanted to showcase the beauty of God’s creation through this series, but

the more I painted, the more I realized that just wasn’t the message.

I paused from painting for a moment to just look and take in what I’d been working

on. And the more I looked at these lilies, the more I began to notice all of these subtle

shapes jumping out at me. And the shape that I kept jumping out at me over and over was a


I went back to that verse in Luke and continued reading.

But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into

the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!

Luke 12:28

Finally, it clicked. This collection of lilies wasn’t about show-casing the beauty of the

lilies, it was about what they symbolize in that passage of scripture. God, not-only provides

for the lilies by watering them and giving them sunlight, but He also makes them beautiful.

He goes above and beyond for those little flowers. God cares for the lilies, but how He

cares for us, how He loves us---there is no comparison.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him

shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

You will find one or more hearts hidden in the compositions of each of these

paintings. These little ‘hidden hearts’ represent God’s love for us, His children.

So many things are heavy in this world right now, but I know that He still cares for

the lilies of the meadow, and how much more does He care and love you and I?

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to

come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate

us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

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