Oil on Canvas
36 X 48"
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
It is a choice to surrender every day to enter into this arduous process of refinement.
This painting depicts elements of the refining process as we enter in saying, “Yes, Lord, Your will be done”. With every painful moment we go through, every yielded decision and choice to be sanctified, beauty is revealed and the crowned jewels come forth, evidence of the glory of God through Christ Jesus, making us holy as He is holy.
“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The visual representation of the submission to refinement, the choice, and the result of it came to me as I reflected on the above verse and began searching what occurred at the threshing floor.
I found that the process of gathering wheat is not a simple one-step process. During ancient times, we can better understand what it takes to get the benefits of the wheat.
At harvest, sun-dried wheat stalks are bundled up in sheaves to be taken to the threshold. The threshold is the place containing a hard slab of rock, where the wheat is obtained. It’s here that the wheat stalks undergo this strenuous process to reveal the valuable wheat within. The wheat head is covered by a hard-shelled husk and to remove this it’s beaten with a stick or trampled underfoot by a herd so the husk can be broken. This beating and trampling are done multiple times to assure all husks have broken their grip on the wheat heads and to reveal the useful wheat.
Then comes the separation. To gather just the wheat and nothing that is useless, as is the remaining chaff, the wheat is picked up with a winnowing fork and thrust into the air multiple times. Because the chaff is light and has no substance, it gets blown away by the wind. This allows the wheat, which is weighted with good properties to fall to the ground and finally be departed from the chaff. Only the valuable wheat remains to be gathered and to enter in.
We are the wheat. We see that the trampling, breaking, and separation is necessary for God to make us holy as he is holy, to be called His children, to be used for His glory and to receive the crown.
In the end, it’s all worth it as we enter into the promised and eternal glory through Jesus Christ, our Lord.