Last year I completed a work in charcoal called “The Perimeter” a couple of weeks before I returned to the work force. This piece was inspired by a church sermon that talked about the trials of being a servant, and that our labor is not in vain because God is with us. After the benediction our pastor asked the congregation to pause for a moment and quietly reflect on the role of being a servant. He described servants as beacons of light to those who are walking in darkness.
I created this work from the servant’s point of view, where he or she is looking out into the horizon. There on the edge or perimeter are people, who are drawn to the light, and are in need of help and encouragement. They are too numerous to count. Above them is the vast sky filled with twinkling stars, a clear sign that there are other “beacons of light” out there who are there to serve.
“I’m drawing my peeps,” I would say affectionately as I penciled in the people that spanned across the paper. I couldn’t stop smiling as I was creating them and that’s when I realized that’s how God sees people. He cares so much about us, and even when we’re living on the edge or far away from Him, He cares, and He wants us to come back to him. That’s why He sends His servants out into the world, to show and spread God’s love.