Isaiah’s vision sketches a vivid word-picture, given to him by the Lord – In that day, the land shall not be quenched, from one generation to the next, it shall lie waste and non shall pass through it forever and ever. But the pelican and the bittern shall possess it and the owl and the raven shall live in it. 1] I needed to understand this picture, especially those who possessed the dry lands – the pelican and the bittern.
On a square cylinder, I sketched a pelican in its habit of regurgitating fish on dry land, where other creatures snatch at it eagerly to devour it. I was reminded of these words spoken to the church of Laodicea by the Amen, the beginning of the creation of God, ‘because your works are lukewarm and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth, because you say you are rich and in need of nothing, but you do not know that you are miserable, poor, blind and naked.’ 2]
Desperate for water, the in-need-of-nothing fish turns blue in the dry-lands of the kingdom of air, where self sufficiency is the only way.
But hidden in those dry lands stands the fish-like form of the bittern, camouflaged by its stripes between the reed-beds next to Savannah rivers and streams. When threatened by creatures, it simply points its bill towards heaven and stands.
1. Isaiah 34 (KJV)
2. Rev 3:16 (KJV)
3. Act 17:28 (KJV)