I kept thinking about the owl and the raven – the inhabitants of the dry lands explored on the Bittern and Pelican cylinder. A sketch made me see the owl as a little girl. I thought she could even be someone’s young daughter in plaits.
I found her again in Micah’s vision – she was mourning in the company of a weeping dragon. Their hearts were broken and God was crying with them. 1]
As a eagle stirs up her nest and flutters over her young, so the years 735 BC to 700 BC were stirred up because of sin, Assyria had conquered Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, took the 10 northern tribes into captivity, from where they dispersed into the Nations. Judah was also occupied and the holy city, Jerusalem was besieged. It felt like I was looking straight into the eyes of that incurable wound between Jerusalem and Samaria, which has since infected the rest of the circle, still festering in forwards and backwards retaliations between Nations and Strangers, until this very day.
I will do a new thing, I will make a way in the wilderness and make rivers in the desert. The animal of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, drink to my people, my chosen. This people I have formed for myself, and they shall show forth my praise. 2]
I then made a tall cylinder and placed Red – my metaphor for man whose blood boils red with red iron oxide – deep inside the wells of this amazing grace. As an eagle spreads her wings, takes hold of her young and carries them on her wings, so the Lord alone leads us there and we begin to believe like children again.
From these deep wells the red horse is sent to lift up the Lord’s favor on his children and give them peace. 3]
I then wrapped the dry lands around these deep wells, hoping that the weeping dragons would leave their palaces and the mourning owls their bitter springs and be again God’s fair children.
1. Micah 1 (KJV)
2. Isaiah 43:19-21 (KJV)
3. Zechariah 1 (KJV)