Based on Isaiah’s vision 1] where the pelican and the bittern possess the dry lands and the owl and the raven live in it, I made a sketch to explore its inhabitants. Surprised by the owl’s familial daughter like appearance, I decided to search for her until I could understand her for what she was.
She appeared again in Micah’s vision – mourning in the company of a weeping dragon. Their hearts were broken and God was crying with them. The vision goes like this – The word of the Lord came to Micah which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Behold the Lord comes forth out of his place, and will come down and tread on the high places of earth. And the mountains shall melt under him, and the valleys shall be cleft as wax before the fire, as waters are poured down a steep place. For the transgression of Jacob is all this and for the sins of the house of Israel. Is the transgression of Jacob not Samaria ? Are the high places of Judah not Jerusalem? Therefore I will make Samariah as a heap of the field, as plantings of the vineyard, and I will pour down stones into the valley to discover the foundations there. The images and hires shall be broken and burnt and all the idols will I lay desolate for she gathered it of the hire of a prostitute and shall again return to the hire of a prostitute. Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked. I will make a wailing like the dragons and mourning as the owls. For her would is incurable. For it is come to Judah, to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem. 2]
Then because of sin God stirred up the promised land like an eagle stirs up her nest. During 735 BC to 700 BC Assyria conquered Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, took the 10 northern tribes into captivity, from where they dispersed over the years into the Nations. At the time, Judah was also occupied and the holy city, Jerusalem was besieged. 3] Looking back at the time line of history, we know that the wound is not only incurable but has infected the rest of the world.
I then sketched my owl in those exiled lands mourning for the daughter she no longer was.
God remembered her…
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. 4]
I then made a cylinder to comprehend the width, depth and height since the beginning of time of God’s steadfast love for the creature by giving himself as a sacrifice so that we may have life. Then in its depths I sketched Red, the natural man, being formed from creature to child by the illuminating word of God. 5]
I then took my mourning owl where she stood as a creature of the night in the dry lands of her soul and wrapped her like a written promise around that steadfast grace. 6]
I sketched the red horse of Zechariah’s vision sent from those same steadfast wells to proclaim the gospel of Christ to all creation by the 12 disciples so that whoever believes will be saved and be at peace. 7]
1. Isaiah 34
2. Micah 1 (KJV)
4. Isaiah 43:19-21 (KJV)
5. Heb 4:12 (KJV)
6. Rom 11:26-27 (KJV)
7. Zechariah 1 (KJV)