Lake St Lucia, buffelo
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Lake St Lucia, buffelo
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Oil on Canvas
W: 400mm x H: 400mm x D: 38mm
W: 16" x H: 16" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 0.5kg
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About "Lake St Lucia, buffelo"
This was painted at the start of a long and devastating drought in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. The worst of it still not over as I write this. The most southern, estuarine park of Lake St Lucia, for the first time in living memory, had sections completely dried up. Ponds and patches of Wetlands sourrounding the lake, home to an amazing abundance of plants and animals - gone.
The Estuary itself used to be an important nursery ground for juvenile marine fish and prawns. Since 2002 very little water has entered the lake through its 5 feeding rivers. Changes in the catchments of these rivers impacted on the amount and quality of water entering the lake, especially that of the iMfolozi river catchment. Removal of the swamp vegetation on the floodplain and the canalisation had a major negative impact.
Just as God's greatness is reflected in nature, it also often reflects our sin. God appointed us stewards of this planet, but we often do not use its resouces responsibly. But if the earth suffers, humankind will suffer also.
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep." (Ezekiel 34:2-3)
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance. (2Chronicles 6:26-27)
Thank you Jesus, that we need not feel owerwhelmed by the enormity of the environental problems we face. God have overcome the world and will restore what man have detroyed. But instead of dispair, we can continue to do our good works, in the knowledge that God is still in control.
"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.' (Isaiah 65:17)
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Often, when you spend time in nature, you sense this presence of God.
Nature reveals who God is. An all powerful God, a loving and caring Father.
'Impressions of Creation, Reflections of God', is a series of paintings I am working on, of God's character revealed to me through nature. My heart is, as you reflect on God's glory, may you rejoyce in the knowledge that this all powerful God, loves you, His treasured possesion.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."